Daily Washington Capitals news and notes
"I thought this was the hardest I’ve seen a team work this year that I’ve been coaching ... and that includes the Capitals too."
Bruce Boudreau mic'd up for the Baltimore Hockey Classic (via SB Nation DC)
"Shots aren't the important thing. Scoring chances are way more important than shots."
I asked Bruce about that flat-out today. I said, ...I know how you are, you kind of look for these historical things and you use them to motivate your team sometimes. What would this mean for you, ... seven straight [road] wins, that record stood for 27 years and you can own it tonight.
And he says, you know what, I used to care about stuff like that. After last year I learned that...none of that stuff matters. So we're just looking to win hockey games and get points, and whatever happens happens.
"I think you absolutely have to throw Boudreau in with the half dozen or so worthy candidates for the Jack Adams. He's convinced his team to change its colors, adopting a more defensive style that should, in theory, apply itself better come playoff time. That's a coach that learned a valuabe lesson from the playoffs last year and applied it this year. Impressive. Look at last night, once the Caps went up 3-2 on the Habs, they totally shut the game down, Montreal didn't get a sniff. That's just something the Caps didn't know how to do before this year."
"You don't like it, don't come to the games."