When presented with the irony that fans of the first team to have a black player on its roster would issue racist taunts to Joel Ward after his goal for the Capitals ousted the Bruins last week, several Boston fans admitted they always thought Willie O’Ree was Irish.

“Man, that’s embarrassing,” said one fan, seen shaking his head outside the Finch and Bull Pub. “As an Irish guy from South Boston, I was always proud of Willie O’Ree and Terry O’Reilly. Now I guess I’m just proud of O’Reilly.”

The impromptu press conference broke up as a man in fake glasses and a fake mustache ambled by.