Hardly half an hour had passed since Joel Ward ended the Bruins’ march toward a second Stanley Cup in two years.
As the Bruins tried to process what had taken place - a 2-1 overtime loss to the Capitals Thursday night at TD Garden in Game 7 - assistant equipment manager Jim “Beets’’ Johnson made his way to every locker room stall. He wiped the blades clean and hung the skates on their pegs. Johnson placed each glove just so above the stalls. He swiped the visors and propped the helmets in place.