Joel Ward celebrates victory with teammates Ryan Ellis, Mark Scheifele and Nathan MacKinnon (Photo: Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward scored two goals at the World Championship on Saturday as Team Canada beat Slovakia, 4-1, marking the first and second international goals of his career.
Late in the second period, with the score 1-0 Slovakia, Ward deflected a blast by Jason Garrison past Slovakia’s Jan Laco.
Canada scored two more goals before Ward sealed the final with a late goal after Alex Burrows won a board battle.
GIFs by Ian Oland.
After the game, Ward’s Canadian teammates congratulated him on Twitter:
— Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) 10 мая 2014
— Troy Brouwer (@tbrouwer20) 10 мая 2014
With the win, Canada has a 1-0-1 record. They currently hold third place in Group A (next time, don’t lose to France!) and will play the Czech Republic on Monday.