Washington Capitals' Joel Ward (C) celebrates with teammates Karl Alzner (27), John Carlson (74) and Nicklas Backstrom (R) after scoring the game winning goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey playoff series in Boston, Massachusetts April 25, 2012.
Credits: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDE
"We lost ... to a hockey playing n----- ... what kind of s--- is this," a user named Mahdawg_Jake wrote.
"I can't believe the series winner was scored by a f------ n-----," user GorgeousGreg10 wrote.
By Thursday morning, most of the tweets were about people's disgust with the racist comments.
"Wow. I can't believe how freely racist comments toward Joel Ward are circulated in this time and age. So much for societal progress," user DianasaurasRex wrote.
Ward, 22, grew up in North York, ON. The right winger started his NHL career with the Nashville Predators in 2008 and moved to the Capitals in 2011.
The win by the Capitals Wednesday night knocked the defending champion Bruins out of the playoffs.