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Mar 26, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien (5) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 26, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien (5) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

A story about handshakes at the end of the playoff series.

When you think about it, how did the most violent sport in the world with some of the nastiest characters on the planet end up with the most civilized and gentlemanly tradition?

The handshake line after NHL playoff series goes back as far as anyone can remember, and it was going to happen again after last night’s decisive Game 7 between the Bruins and Washington Capitals at TD Garden.

Ryan O`Reilly will have some good company on Team Canada while at the IIHF.

Canada has beefed up its blue-line for the IIHF world hockey championship, which kicks off next week in Finland and Sweden.

Joel Ward has been the victim of racist remarks.

By his own admission, Washington Capitals winger Joel Ward had hit a career high on Wednesday night, scoring the Game 7 winner early in overtime to eliminate the Boston Bruins.

Moments after the puck found the back of the net, however, came a new low.

Fans then began posting racist comments on Twitter about Ward, who is black and grew up in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough.

The insults were eventually picked up and rebroadcast by the Huffington Post, local television and other media outlets, eventually reaching Ward himself when concerned friends let him know what was being said.