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Boudreau: 'It's Dumb ...It's Not Right'

In light of Dan Steinberg's entertaining post on Alex Ovechkin not making the starting lineup for the NHL's all-star game, I asked Coach Bruce Boudreau for his thoughts on the matter. As you might expect from a guy whose nickname is "Gabby", he had plenty to say.

"I think it's dumb," Boudreau said. "Montreal has got four starters and Pittsburgh has two. Both of those buildings are sold out all the time; I'm surprised Toronto doesn't have a guy in there."

"It's not right that the best player in the game is not a starter. We want to get the fans involved and they have the right to vote for whoever they want. There's 21,000 fans at every home game in Montreal, and everyone in Montreal is a hockey fan. Everybody who knows hockey, knows that Alex would be in the starting lineup if it went on merit. But he's not."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 3, 2009; 5:26 PM ET
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Remember this IS the NHL. Would you expect otherwise?

I already heard the hype on NBC this PM for the return of the NHL. "Sid the Kid" v. the NY Rangers!!!!!!!!!!! Would you expect otherwise?

Boycott the STUPID game if it ever comes to DC.

Posted by: bundy44 | January 3, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

This is gonna motivate Alex...I expect an incredible game.

Posted by: fullright | January 3, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The Washington media could have really helped in this situation. This morning I waded through pages of college football coverage in the print version to find the one - ONE - article on the Caps this morning. Betcha tomorrow there'll be two: the gamer and an article on the vote.

You guys have the power to create a real fan base in this town, yet time and again you forgo the opportunity - and this is true of just about every non-Redskins team in this town.

Tarik, how hard would it have been to end each post over the last week with a "Vote for Alex" link?

There's plenty you guys could do to rally the fans in this town. Why not give it a try?

Posted by: rossfeldman | January 3, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I really don't understand why the NHL is proudly talking about how Crosby, Malkin, and the four Canadiens got record numbers of votes when a lot of those votes were derived through the use of scripts which just refresh the page and vote a few thousand times an hour. The all star voting was such a sham, and its a shame because it drives fans like me away from voting or wanting to even watch the game. It must also be really depressing for players who actually desereve a chance to showcase their talent at the All Star game.

Posted by: jonsnoek | January 3, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

@ bundy44

I agree. This one is on the NHL. Marketing only one player in the league and making him the "golden child" is NOT good for the league. The reason they market him is because he's more "clean-cut" as opposed to Ovechkin's stubble, and because he speaks english naturally. The NHL needs to market ALL of its best players...young and old. There as so many good veterans in the league that fans of the game before the lockout know about the newer fans have never heard of; Modano, Lidstrom...young players; Teows, Kane and Versteeg in Chicago. There are so many players the league can market, OTHER than Crosby. But Ovechkin should be right up there in marketing and exposure. He's the leagues MVP and best player for pete sake!!

Posted by: dcox50 | January 3, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Does Bruce understand that Montreal and Pittsburgh fans cheated to lodge so many votes for their players? It's not a matter of cities supporting their hockey players; it's about a small number of obsessive fans in those cities finding a way to cheat the system.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | January 3, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Sucks for the casual fan. We know who our ALLSTARS are, Thank goodness we have a chance to see them 40 times a year.

Hope this motivates our guys even more!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 3, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

... and crysbaby fights like the princess that he is. How embarrassing for Hockey!

Posted by: Landshark | January 3, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Caps need to come out strong. Should be a great game. NYR comming in with 5 days off, might be a lil rusty to start off. They will also be a little pissed after our comeback win in N.Y

With the pens losing and the B's losing...its ground to take and ground to make up.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 3, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The All-Star game and skills competition sucked last year. Let our players rest.

Posted by: washcapsfanandorioles | January 3, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Here is the link to the Crosby fight against the Panthers this afternoon. Not sure what happened prior to this face-off, but looks like Sid was a little bit fustrated.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 3, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

They really need to keep folks from stuffing the electronic ballot box. I guess that it's cold up there and they have nothing better to do! Here is how my son and I spent the afternoon getting ready to watch tonights game...

He got the gear for Chrsitmas!

Posted by: vawoodworker84 | January 3, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Penguins fans won't be able to vote their team into the playoffs! You'd think, with two MVPs on the same team, they'd be a little better?

Posted by: perspective6 | January 3, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

is green in the allstar game?

Posted by: meikesports | January 3, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

LMAO! I watched that "fight" that Capsfanmiss has posted earlier, and wow. What a pussy move by Crosby. He jumps McLean right off the faceoff, who wasn't even aware that there was going to be a fight.

Posted by: elicea | January 3, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

So you are telling me that only one line will play in the game for the East? There won't be be 3-4 lines like in a normal game?

Posted by: mikesfan | January 3, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The game is a farce anyway... No "D", no hitting, no teamwork. I haven't watched a full game in years. Does anybody really care about the game?

Sure our guys got jobbed. Everybody in the world knows about scripts etc.

What I like is the skill contests the night before. Scripts won't help there.

Posted by: muddapucker | January 3, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

They announce the rest of the lineup down the road.

Posted by: arcassells | January 3, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope the NHL method of electronic/internet voting does not find it's way into our political election system, at least until after they work out the flaws in the system...

Posted by: spambucket6 | January 4, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

RossFeldman is right about our local is the 4th and there is not one article on the best team in town!
The Wizards can't compete, the Nationals, well no one wants to play for them, the Redskins are a consistent mediocre under the current management, and the Capitals have made a consistent effort to get better even though they took a step back at first. I applaude Ted and George for their efforts and of course it doesn't hurt when you draft one of the greatest to play in Alex Ovechkin. The Post needs more Front Page Articles. This would help a lot.

Posted by: nwdodson | January 4, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Hi Tarik - I hope you let Coach Boudreau know when he appears on Washington Post Live tomorrow that the rest of the hockey world knows the voting was a sham. If he looks at the NHL posts, the Washington Post blogs, or any other comments that discuss the all-star voting, he will see that the overwhelming majority are behind Ovechkin and think using scripts to cheat and "stuff" the ballot box was disgraceful. When I last checked the NHL site, every single comment was negative - yes, Malkin deserves to be there. Crosby, maybe, but not as a starter. But how can an all-star game represent just three or four teams in the league - and not even the teams that are at the top of their division (San Jose, anyone?) or players that are at or near the top of every single NHL leader list, like Ovechkin. The majority of fans didn't let Boudreau down; the few that scammed the system did.

Posted by: doug27 | January 4, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

POLL: What do you think of the All-Star starting lineup?

Posted by: rockthered21 | January 4, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Come on everyone it's not a big deal. We all know Ovechkin deserves to start, who cares if he doesn't? He logs so much ice time for this team, that he could use a very long break to rest. Unlike in baseball the all-star game means nothing and nobody cares about it.

Posted by: washcapsfanandorioles | January 4, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

This might motivate Alex to be even better than he's ever been... scary thought for the other 29 teams in the league...

Posted by: MikeL-Caps91 | January 5, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

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