Racist fan reactions to Joel Ward’s OT series winning goal, Tim Thomas comforts a sad young Bruins fan, two views on diving in hockey, the NHL’s television problem, more opinions on Roberto Luongo’s trade status, what’s missing from the Ducks’ roster, and Lindy Ruff’s long coaching tenure in Buffalo.

Ward a target of racial slurs.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski reports Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis condemned racist fan reactions to Joel Ward’s Game 7 OT goal (NOTE: The Bruins today issued a statement also condemning the racist comments), and also posted a touching clip of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, skating off the ice at the end of the game, encouraging a sad young Bruins fan to smile.

As for the racist comments, I believe they’re the opinions of a few cowardly bigots, and don’t represent the opinions of most Bruins fans. Don’t smear the entire fanbase for the actions of a few jerks. Thankfully, Ward said in an interview today those tweets didn’t ruin his day. That’s because Ward is a better man and human being than those bigots.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on why hockey players dive to draw penalties, and Daniel Wagner with a soccer player’s reaction to diving in hockey. I hate diving in both sports, and wish more was done to curtail it.

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: A look at the NHL’s television problem.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS/HOCKEY ANALYSIS: Tom Yawney uses capitals letters to describe just how horrible Roberto Luongo’s trade value is, while David Johnson meanwhile wonders if anyone should want to acquire Luongo.

ANAHEIM CALLING: “Daniel AC” looks at what’s missing from the Ducks lineup, and what could be done to address it.

DIE BY THE BLADE: A look at the good, bad and ugly of Lindy Ruff’s fourteen years (and counting) as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

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