Just minutes after giving up the series-deciding OT goal to Washington’s Joel Ward, one of the few black players in the NHL, Boston goalie and noted Tea Party Conservative Tim Thomas demanded Ward produce a birth certificate that proves he’s eligible to play hockey in the United States.

“It’s not necessarily that I think Ward’s here illegally and thereby inherently unable to compete in our league,” said Thomas, who refused to visit President Obama in the White House because of his political beliefs. “I’m just a concerned citizen who wants to make sure Joel Ward is not ineligible to score a decisive overtime goal on me.”

Ward — whom by all accounts was born in Canada to immigrants from Barbados — took a break from post-game celebrations to comment on Thomas’ allegations.

“What kind of a birth certificate does he want? Long form? Short form? The Toronto newspaper birth announcement from when I was born in 1980?” asked Ward. “I can get him whatever he wants and I’ll be sure to deliver it with the kind of sick backhand I just used to win our series.”