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Boudreau on booing: 'Let's give the guys a break'

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau heard the boos at Verizon Center after a first period in which his team trailed 4-0. It certainly was a forgettable opening 20 minutes -- perhaps the worst this season -- for Washington, but Boudreau was quick to point out the Capitals had dropped just four home games entering Sunday.

Despite the loss, the Capitals still have the best home record in the league (27-5-4). Chicago, Vancouver and Phoenix each has as many home victories, but none has fewer than seven home losses.

Even during the in-game chat, some Capitals fans were lamenting the slow start before they were reminded about just how well Washington has played on home ice this season.

Here's the full video of what Boudreau had to say about the booing:

By Gene Wang  |  March 28, 2010; 7:11 PM ET
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I did not boo, but I think the boos are the only way to say....bad period...we want better...

I dont think anyone really cared if we won tonight...

Posted by: SA-Town | March 28, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow thats an original excuse BB. Once again he hides the fact that he doesn't make his guys play defense so he just blames it on "lack of effort/energy". BB needs to go if we don't win the cup this year. Flame away..

Posted by: zackattack4492 | March 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

No question they deserved to be Booed.
I can't remember the last time they had a dominant performance for 60 minutes.(no NOT the Pittsburgh game)
They better get thier passion back before it's too late.

Posted by: joepar703 | March 28, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't at the game, but I watched on CSN. A poor effort from the Caps, particularly that stinker of a first period. The Flames were definitely on a mission, and played with outstanding effort. Kipper looked great.

However, I'm surprised and saddened to read that fans were booing. I certainly hope they didn't boo Theo as he came off--Theo's been playing superbly this year, and has enabled us to win some games I don't think we would have won otherwise. He deserves better.

I should think that rather than booing, chants of "Let's Go Caps!" and "Unleash the Fury" would have done more to rally our boys. But then I wasn't at the game, so maybe I just don't understand. What I do know is I was talking/yelling to the TV, and it wasn't to boo our Caps. I mean booing...really? Our Caps? Our warriors? For shame!

Posted by: aphid69 | March 28, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow thats an original excuse BB. Once again he hides the fact that he doesn't make his guys play defense so he just blames it on "lack of effort/energy". BB needs to go if we don't win the cup this year. Flame away..

Posted by: zackattack4492 | March 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Really? If we don't win the cup he gets fired? Before he came we were happy to make the playoffs.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 28, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps continue to play the way they have for the last two months, they will get plenty of use from their golf clubs in April. I don't see them getting out of the first round.

Posted by: rparker125 | March 28, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

18 giveaways by the Caps to just 4 by the Flames.

10 of our giveaways were by defensemen or goalies. The Flames defensemen and goalies were only knocked for 2.

And the Flames were playing the backend of a back-to-back on the road. They are a desperate team but there is no good excuse for how we came out in this game, from the goalie on out.

You can praise our dominant 3rd period all you want but the Flames were sitting back to preserve the lead and were likely starting to lose their legs.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm don't really agree with the people who say you shouldn't boo. People pay money to go to the games and if they want to boo they can boo. They have a job to do and they took it off the first period. But I don't know about the word "deserved" to be booed though.

NJ is down 2-0, if they lose we clinch the East.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 28, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

what a bunch of noobs we have on here today... you people must have started watching hockey yesterday or something.

LOL talk about an anxiety attack... hope you people don't panic like this in real life

Posted by: joek443 | March 28, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

The Caps were absolutely horrid in the first period. I did not boo, but they deserved it. They looked like they did not care. Sometimes, I wish Boudreau would not comment. I really dislike his characterization that the "good" fans stayed behind with them all the way. We all paid money to be at that game. I don't expect a win every game, but as the team that is currently first in the Eastern Conference,I expect effort every period. No effort, then the fans should be able to show displeasure. Calgary lost 5-0 to Boston yesterday, and I figured that Calgary would come with an all out effort to end their losing streak. The Caps looked like they were unprepared and the poor first period play is not a one time thing nor is poor play in an afternoon game. The Caps are playing a number of teams trying to make the playoffs in the remaining games so they better stop underestimating opponents.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | March 28, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

you can't simply yell and scream at the players every time things don't go well... that's NOT coaching.

you gotta know when to push and when to lay off... BB is doing the right thing here by laying off and giving them a break

Posted by: joek443 | March 28, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with the idea that the Caps won't/can't play defense or grind it out. The clear issue today was the Caps weren't concentrating enough in the first. The issue for the caps right now is remaining focused when they have almost nothing to play for.

Posted by: BACKS | March 28, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

you can't simply yell and scream at the players every time things don't go well...

BB does that all the time. lol. So it's pretty funny that he's telling the fans to lay off when he yells til his face is beet red at them. Bottom line is fans paid money to go to the game, they can do whatever they want (kind of.) whether it's right or wrong.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 28, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Good playoff teams (a.k.a., contenders) can win any given game with either their offense or their defense/goaltending.

For the most part, it's big offense or nothing for the Capitals. We may have a game or two along the way where our defense and/or goaltending shine but defense and goaltending simply aren't strengths of this team, even with Theodore playing well for the past couple of months.

The problems stem partially from personnel and probably also in part from our style of play, i.e., coaching.

I really like Boudreau but you do have to at least wonder whether his systems are playoff-worthy at the NHL level. I'm talking about winning in the NHL playoffs, not just making it there. Maybe this run-and-gun stuff works better at lower levels where it's easier to exploit defenses and get away with not playing a balanced game.

The NHL and NBA are two different animals but but it's probably not so unreasonable to think that we are sort of the Phoenix Suns of the NHL. Despite the differences across the major sports, there is one common theme: defense wins championships.

That doesn't mean you don't need offense, just that it's nearly impossible to win without a good defense. Most championship teams are above average in both areas and elite in one of the two. MLB is a little bit different because of the lack of a cap but, even in that case, you always hear about the importance of pitching and defense.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Sorry fans -- booing your own team is bad form. This isn't Philly.

Posted by: BigMogilny | March 28, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Caps were flat as hell in the 1st but it didn't help that they got some bad bounces, too. The first two goals and the fifth one were all kinda flukey.

That being said, fans do deserve to boo. Not everyone can afford season tickets or can attend every game...they deserve to see a good effort...

Posted by: Hatfield223 | March 28, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Well Philly is up on NJ 3-0 right now. Maybe we clinch 1st today after all.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | March 28, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I knew there would be a chorus of boos at the end of the first, just as the Bronx cheer for Varly's 2nd save wasn't too surprising, either. It was disappointing play in the first, but somehow I suspect the players knew that before a few idiots decided to voice their disapproval. Lame.

Posted by: JillC | March 28, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I really don't care if some fans boo this team for whatever reason... this is the same group of people who started the "whoop, whoop" chants for Larry Murphy, Kevin Hatcher and Gonchar every time they touched the puck while they still played FOR the Caps

I gave up on these people a long time ago.. LOL

Posted by: joek443 | March 28, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

@Hatfield223 and everyone else who likes to dog our own team (including all the ridiculous comments about how worthless Green and Semin whenever things don't go right):

Look how spoiled we've become. We're at the top of the standings. As D.C. sports fans, we apparently can't ever be happy. Even worse than the booing (which was actually quite sickening) was the sarcastic cheering when Varly made an easy save. These Caps have done some amazing things. Until we suit up and play alongside them so we can see exactly what it's like, we should probably keep our mouths shut.

Posted by: BigMogilny | March 28, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Tmac- To suggest this team can't play defense might be a bit too critical following a loss like this. The Caps are very capable of locking down and backchecking. There very capable of keeping the opponents out of the net when they play with motivation. Looking at games like the ones vs Pitt, some/most of the Chicago game, the Buffalo games. They can consistently win against playoff teams.

The suns comparison is way off base, the suns weren't leading the league in scoring by anywhere close to what the Caps are. The Caps are firmly in the middle of the pack in GA/A, not in the bottom third or anywhere close to the worst.

Regardless of numbers, their ability to play playoff hockey has been demonstrated by thier performances against Chicago/Pitt. Losses like this one today or the recent one to Carolina are meaningless in the grand scheme of things...

Posted by: BACKS | March 28, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Some of the good defensive teams in the league would score a lot more goals if they opened things up and played like the Capitals.

Put Boudreau behind the bench of any given bad offensive team and I bet they score 30+ more goals with the same exact personnel. They will also give up a lot more goals.

Buffalo is a team that could score more goals if they didn't sacrifice offense for defense.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse


Be thankful for what you have, or you'll be stuck with a Hanlon type coach if you don't. Quit being so spoiled. Don't be like Penguin fans.


The Rest of the Universe

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | March 28, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

A little bit of Boudreau goes a long way.
The Caps will not win the Cup with this group of defensive defensemen and goalies.

p.s. One should not boo his/her alma mater, but pros are fair game.

Posted by: laud001 | March 28, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

i heard a bunch of caps were at front page in arlington until the late hours of the night.

BB, you better start worrying how to get the big line and green going again.

Posted by: daddy_axe | March 28, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Coach BB's system is all offense and, it appears, very little emphasis on defense. He'd rather have 3 or 4 offensive-minded puck-moving D-men than the stay at home type. I think most fans called for GMGM to get a tough, crease clearing defenseman before the trade deadline, but GMGM chose not to. It seems to me that other teams capitalize on our defensive shortcomings, our lack of toughness, and inability to clear the crease. For whatever reason, our guys can't seem to do it. Are they not strong enough? Are they coached not to? Anyway, if we don't start playing playoff style defensive hockey now, the playoffs may well turn out to be one series and out.
If so, there's only one guy to blame. Gen Mgr. George McPhee.

Posted by: scmonty1 | March 28, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry fans -- booing your own team is bad form. This isn't Philly.

Posted by: BigMogilny

Yeah this isn't Philly but you do know that every team gets booed once in a while, lol. This is sports.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 28, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse


Is it OK with you that some guys were at Front Page?

Posted by: BigMogilny | March 28, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the last 4 stanely cup champions, 2 had excellent defenses (Ana, Det) and 2 had bad ones (Pit, Car). The playoffs are about how teams play when put under certain circumstances, and how well your goalies can play down the stretch.

I mean really, do any of you see the Caps putting up a 4 spot in one period against a team like NJ/Pitt/Chi? Or in the playoffs at all?

Posted by: BACKS | March 28, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow thats an original excuse BB. Once again he hides the fact that he doesn't make his guys play defense so he just blames it on "lack of effort/energy". BB needs to go if we don't win the cup this year. Flame away..

Posted by: zackattack4492 | March 28, 2010 7:24 PM

That must be one of the stupidest posts I have seen on here. Fire Boudreau, who has coached 2 out of the 3 best teams in franchise history, because we didn't win the Cup in the 4th year of a 5 year rebuilding plan? The lack of defense wasn't the only problem tonight. The Caps were constantly missing passes and losing the puck under no pressure. And Ovechkin whiffed how many times - 7, 8 times? The team had an off period, and there really isn't much Boudreau could have done about it during the game.

The Flames were the beneficiaries of a number of odd bounces, which led to a few of their goals and took a few potential goals from the Caps. They played a great game, especially (and mainly) in the 1st, and the Caps simply could not make up the difference.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 28, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of numbers, their ability to play playoff hockey has been demonstrated by thier performances against Chicago/Pitt.

Posted by: BACKS | March 28, 2010 8:09 PM

They need to prove that they can playoff playoff hockey in the playoffs. We outplayed the Penguins in the regular season last year, too.

We're obviously a very good team but I worry about our lack of offensive/defensive balance and our risky style of play when it comes to playoff hockey.

Teams tighten up in the playoffs. It's not as easy to score goals, meaning there is more of a premium on being able to keep the puck out of your net with good defense and goaltending.

If we get outworked by a team and start taking penalties for a couple of games, that alone could be our undoing because of our lousy PK.

I've said it a number of times but the Penguins didn't outskill us, they outworked us. They killed us with their forechecking/backchecking as the series went on. People love to believe in conspiracies but I believe that the reason the Penguins got so many more PPs is that they outworked us and were constantly hemming us in with their agressive forecheck/backcheck.

Even if the officiating was poor, it wasn't because the referees were conspiring against us. It was because the more aggressive team was creating more chances to get calls. I'm sure they missed calls on both sides. The Penguins dominated puck possession and offensive zone time starting from the 2nd game and onwards, even though we won game 2 and nearly game 3, as well.

I'm not saying the Caps can't win it all this year but our weaknesses are arguably the worst kind for playoff hockey. I'd rather have a slightly below average offense and the best defense in the league than vice versa.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I think most fans called for GMGM to get a tough, crease clearing defenseman before the trade deadline, but GMGM chose not to. It seems to me that other teams capitalize on our defensive shortcomings, our lack of toughness, and inability to clear the crease. For whatever reason, our guys can't seem to do it. Are they not strong enough? Are they coached not to? Anyway, if we don't start playing playoff style defensive hockey now, the playoffs may well turn out to be one series and out.
If so, there's only one guy to blame. Gen Mgr. George McPhee.

Posted by: scmonty1 | March 28, 2010 8:15 PM

There is one thing you are not taking into account - there weren't any defensemen of that type available for trade at a price that wasn't ridiculous. We have defensemen who can do that - Erskine, ShaMo, Carlson, Jurcina (when he gets healthy), and occasionally Schultz.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 28, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse


Nothing like backing into first place.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 28, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Geez, people. They stank up the place in one game. This is hockey, not college football. There are NO undefeated teams. I would love for the Caps to win the Cup, but I would also be happy of they are competetive, exciting, and fun to watch for the next several years. Remember Carolina and Tampa?

Posted by: didnik | March 28, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm fine with giving the boys a break, but not the coach. Sorry, but Bruce himself said his team wasn't ready to play. And, um, THAT is Bruce's job. I didn't boo. I don't ever boo the Caps. That said, I did pay full price for my STH tickets tonight and, combined, the players and the coaches took full payment without putting in full effort. Give them a break? How about hold them accountable. ALL of them. Starting with the coach.

Posted by: caps1974 | March 28, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps will perform much better in this years playoffs than last. It's as Gretzky said, it takes losing to understand how to win. Not only did the Capitals change their personnel, but the way they play hockey in tight games is leaps and bounds better, imo. Most of their goals have been of the "dirty variety", or the ones that are necessary to win tight games in April. I also think a blue line of Green/Schultz/Shamo/Carlson/Poti/Corvo is better than Green/Juice/Shamo/Erskine/pothier/sloan...

Flash and Fehr are completely different players than they were a year ago, and Bmo/Belanger/Chimera are more responsible and "playoff friendly" compared to Federov/Kozlov/Brashear.

Posted by: BACKS | March 28, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

@ caps1974

maybe you should hire Denny Crain and Alan Shore, sue the Caps and get your money back

Posted by: joek443 | March 28, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Explain to me how Brendan Morrison is more "playoff friendly" than even an old and tired Fedorov.

Fedorov was probably our most responsible forward and Morrison has seemed to lose his legs in the second half of the season. He has played better recently but he hasn't proven anything yet in the playoffs. He was a gamble and despite having some good stretches, I'd hardly call him an upgrade over Fedorov. At best, it's a wash.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

we were at the game, and i couldn't believe there were fans booing!

i'm sorry, but if you boo your own home team, you shouldn't be calling yourself a fan at all. next time, just keep your butts at home and boo in your living room. you will save yourself the money of the ticket, and the rest of us who will cheer the players on no matter what, we don't have to be embarrassed for your bad manners.

Posted by: 33spinner | March 28, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

... to be a fan does not mean you cannot criticize, that's all I have to say to your post.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 28, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

What does your paying money to see a Caps game have to do with the outcome of the game? Just because you buy a ticket you expect a win to get your money's worth? They had a bad game-get over it everyone! I know they are professional athletes but they are also human beings. Don't be so harsh. Those who are and boo their team after a bad period only reinforces the idea of a bandwagon fan.

We'll turn around and beat the Penguins at the Igloo and everything will be back in order.

Posted by: AADCDERM | March 28, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm fine with giving the boys a break, but not the coach. Sorry, but Bruce himself said his team wasn't ready to play. And, um, THAT is Bruce's job. I didn't boo. I don't ever boo the Caps. That said, I did pay full price for my STH tickets tonight and, combined, the players and the coaches took full payment without putting in full effort. Give them a break? How about hold them accountable. ALL of them. Starting with the coach.

Posted by: caps1974

I also found it weird that BB's the one saying "let's give the guys a break." He's always the one that gets bent out of shape even after "sloppy" wins. He's the coach, if he wants to say it's not a big deal, then okay.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 28, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

You pay money to go to a game, you expect to at least see EFFORT. There was not even effort and all the players will tell you so. I can live with them playing hard but the other team getting some bounces and being up 4 goals but they didn't play with effort or focus. Fans at least deserve to see effort if anything else.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 28, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

To Bruce Boudreau:

I was at the game, and did not boo only because I have been a fan of this team for 30+ years and have suffered a lifetime's worth of dissapointment from them - and it continues.

I do, however, support whoever boos because it is thier right to do so. Paying in neighborhood of 50 to 70 per ticket for the upper deck - which is commensurate to NFL prices - I expect to see a solid effort. One could argue that partons paying full price only to witness a less-than-full effort would consitiute fraud in my opinion.

I find fault in you for FAILING to be able to motivate your team, and this type of laisser faire attitude entering the playoffs is what almost cost the Caps the Rangers' series last Spring. I was also less than stoked by how you were out coached by Bylsma last year against Pittsburgh, and the lack of defensive wherewithal, especially on the penalty kill, is troubling for a team who, in the salary cap era, has only a limited window of opportunitiy.

In short, you motivate your team to give a consistent effort (on a consistent basis) and I'll shut up.

Posted by: Dave28 | March 28, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

every body knows the boos are for a bad period but players keep having bad 1st periods, lack defense to start the game. most if not alot of these wins are comebacks. I think booing just means cmon lets see a great game in every period. it wont be as easy to comeback in the playoffs as it has in the regular season. the players have to realize this because in any sport a team can comfortable with fallin behind and think they can comeback every time, but its a habit that needs to be broken instead they need get out of the gate faster then they have in these games. maybe its a wake up call saying we need play better 1st period cause a hot goaltender and a 2-0 lead in postseason maybe wont be as easy to comeback

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | March 28, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

This is when you notice the bandwagoners most. They have no idea of what a real team is like. They expect the Caps to win every game because they've only been following them one season. They don't know to support your team, win or lose. At the first bump in the road, they'll all disappear as quickly as they jumped on.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | March 28, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

BigMogilny, I think I love you. lol

Posted by: farmgirl19C | March 28, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I was there. I did not boo. That's not to say the team didn't deserve it -- they did. Paying fans deserve to voice their opinion when the team doesn't come ready to play. That said, I'm a STH and this is the first time I've seen this team play like complete s$%t all year. I've seen somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 great efforts. There's no way I'm going to boo them. But I can say that no regulars were in my section today. Every single seat was a non-STH. And to tell you the truth, if they plopped down $100 for a $32.50 ticket to one of the few games they can go to all year...I really can't blame them. It happens. Hope the team doesn't think the fans are "turning" on them. They were just I'm sure the team was.

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | March 28, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

the bronx cheer for Varly's save was awful and embarrassing.

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | March 28, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

at 21:37 EDT...We win the conference. NJ has lost to the Flyers 5-1. Chicago has lost to Columbus 4-2...Sharks & Colorado are tied at 2 after 2.....I'll take it!

Posted by: arioch666 | March 28, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

It's not expecting them to win every game. It's effort. Just because you criticize/boo doesn't mean you're a bandwagon fan. Speak for yourself.

Hmm you don't realize how many longtime Caps fans are on this blog.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 28, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope coach B will have our fowards work on their D help skills so we can take that into the playoffs. Considering they are probably going to play soft for the next few games, might as well get something useful from them.

Go Caps!

Caps Fans, Rock the Red!...and keep it 100% Red through the playoffs! Try not to sell tickets to other teams fans.

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC | March 28, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

You guys need to chill out. BB is right. You guys are geting spoiled. This is the best caps team ever. You cant win them all. To say there was no effort? Are you kidding? You guys are retards. These guys are pros, of course their trying. Sometimes it's just not your day....that simple nothing else. GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jmacjr70 | March 28, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I said "BOO CALGARY! WAKE UP, CAPS!". Don't know if I liked seeing our boys booed... yes, play was lackadaisical and not urgent, and we do expect better...

Posted by: EddieP1 | March 28, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Since 1976 i have been booing this team...... grow up "Bruce" and win so we dont boo anymore!

Posted by: dskelly1 | March 28, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Ok, boo-birds. Let's say it's not the Caps against Calgary, it's a day at work at your job. For the past 27 days of the month you've lit it up. On every one of those days, you made some nice hay for the company. For three of those four days, you tried hard, but were unable to attain your goals. On the fourth day, you were up against a really tough situation (akin to opposing a team desperate to salvage a road trip and needing to win every game left in the season to qualify for the playoffs). Some might say you were not up to the competition that day, and some might say that it was you against a buzz-saw. So tell me, one-third of the way through that tough day, do you think you deserved a harsh memo from your boss? If the answer is yes, go ahead and boo, but I hope I don't have to sit near you.

Posted by: JoeTink | March 28, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

What does your paying money to see a Caps game have to do with the outcome of the game? Just because you buy a ticket you expect a win to get your money's worth?
Posted by: AADCDERM

I've been buying Caps STH since 1974. Trust me, I know you can get your money's worth with a loss. While paying money may not have anything to do with the outcome of the game, there is a connection to EFFORT. Again, listen to his post game interview. Bruce himself says "they weren't ready to play." Ok, that's Bruce's job.

Posted by: caps1974 | March 28, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse


I understand what you are saying. However to insinuate that the first period outcome was all a result of lack of effort (which in real life means lack of caring or laziness) on the part of EVERY player is a bit harsh and also cheapens the fabulous effort put in by the Flames who are in a do or die situation. So, I would more realistically believe that the Flames put in in overdrive and that the Caps got caught flat footed and landed up on their backsides. It has happened to me more times than I care to admit in life but I really didn't need/expect anyone to boo me or remind me what a loser I am when picking my sorry self up out of the dirt, so to speak. I learn from my mistake, swallow my dignity, and move on. I suggest we allow the players the same courtesy we all expect as humans.

Posted by: AADCDERM | March 28, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

It is what it is.
Fans boo.
Teams respond.
Cap 27-5 @ home.
Non issue.
Non story.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 28, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

has BB ever blamed himself? It's always the players fault for "not being ready to play"'s his job to prepare them.

Posted by: zackattack4492 | March 29, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

@Hatfield223 and everyone else who likes to dog our own team (including all the ridiculous comments about how worthless Green and Semin whenever things don't go right):
I don't like to "dog the team", I just don't think it's THAT bad to let them know that they've put forth a bad effort. I would hope that they don't take it personally. The crowd was completely behind the team when they showed up in the next period, which is how it should be.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | March 29, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

That is unbelievable. I have been a Caps fan for almost 20 years now and they have never been as good as they are now. For all of you bandwagon fans that have only started being Caps fans since the OV era started, understand that this was one game and there are plenty more to be played. It is unacceptable to boo your team and booing your team doesn't make them play or want to play better so don't do it! The Caps have lost 5 games in regulation at home and own the best home record in the league so after witnessing them win consistently at home there is no reason to boo them on the rare occasion they lose. LETS GO CAPS!!! WE WANT THE CUP!

Posted by: davieglove34 | March 29, 2010 3:23 AM | Report abuse

When did booing become akin to mental abuse? I didn't go to the game yesterday but if I had you could bet your ass I'd be booing too after the first period. If you don't play well, you deserve to be booed. If you play well, you deserve to be cheered. End of friggin story. It's not like we don't love the team and I'm not talking about booing individual performances but what is wrong with voicing displeasure?

Posted by: edsmit1 | March 29, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Their performance yesterday in the 1st was boo-worthy but still I mean considering what they have accomplished this year its tough to boo them. I wasnt at the game but fans have to expect a stinker every now and then regardless of what your record is/what type of team you have.

I could see if it were there 3rd or 4th straight clunker but I think the team deserves a break here.

Posted by: Redskins2Win | March 29, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

While I think booing our team is unwarrented 99% of the time at home, they did play a lousy 1st period, and maybe needed a wake-up call. Granted they have been remarkable at home, and had the effort been there, I doubt hardly anyone would have booed. But the expectations for this team are sky high as well and no team gets away for an entire season with no booing, regardless of who they are. With success comes those expectations. The bar has been set high. It was after all only one game. If they come back with a strong 60 minute effort against Ottawa, this game will go quickly into the vast wasteland.

Posted by: ken_berlin | March 29, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse


I don't think we are disagreeing on anything. Read my original post: I have no problem with giving the boys a break. I didn't boo. I never have. This said, Bruce himself said "we weren't ready to play" and that is Bruce's job - ensuring the team is ready for EVERY game.

Now, why am I so on him about it this time? He called out fans. So, as a fan, I'll respond.

This year's Caps have a problem: being ready for the first period. They've come back many times so... it's not a BIG deal. Or is it?

When a coach knows of a long standing problem, does little to effectively address it, it's a matter of time before it blows up. Ok, yesterday's loss to Calgary: no big deal. But think ALL THE WAY BACK to last year's Caps...

They had a season-long problem, too: they took nights off. Bruce did nothing to effectively change things. And... reality is: when you take nights off, a night off will come when you least want it. I said that much for weeks and weeks. The game 7 against Pittsburgh happened.

Last year's team fell behind the Rangers and had to fight and claw back. This year's team has an issue: it's often not ready for the opening face off. Fixing THAT is the coach's job. When he doesn't do it, ugly losses happen... and ugly fans boo (it is their right).

I'll give the boys a break. But I'll hold Bruce accountable. I won't boo. Ever. But I WILL expect him to do his job. Yesterday's issue wasn't just a one-time thing with a Bruce-coached team. It's a pattern.

Posted by: caps1974 | March 29, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I wasnt at the game. I did hear the booing on tv. If I were there I probably would have been booing too. Doesn't mean I don't still love the team. I would think getting booed by your home fans the way they were playing should be motivation to play better. I hope no one thinks they should have been cheered as they went off the ice after the 1st.

Posted by: jfwil | March 29, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse


This is the ONLY Washington area sports team that is winning and they have one bad period of hockey. The Wizards deserved to get booed not the Capitals. The REDSKINS SHOULD BE BOO, EVEN THE NATIONALS SHOULD BE BOOED, but not the caps. Come on Caps fans. Its one game and now get ready for the playoff run!!


Posted by: Bigmon411 | March 29, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

TO..... Dave28,



Posted by: terryreece | March 29, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

When you pay >$100 for a ticket (probably bought from a season ticket holder who wanted to watch NCAA bball), are all excited to finally see a game, then the home team mails it in, boos are the result.
I wouldn't have done it, but I've been a fan from the beginning (and have the ulcers to prove it).

Posted by: pgeagle | March 29, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

"Look how spoiled we've become"

I agree with you there. The Capitals do not deserver 'Boo' yet. As a Tersp fan myself, I've seen the same thing in UMD fans after 2002 season. Win is always nice but this team is awesome and our Caps just had a bad game. Go Caps!

Posted by: arakakij | March 29, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

As someone who paid $250 for a pair of tickets to yesterday's "game", I was more than a little peeved that the Caps didn't bother to show up for the first period (a disturbing trend that happens frequently this season). The Flames got waxed 5-0 the day before, and they are in a must-win scenario to make the playoffs, so the Caps should have known that Calgary would come out with a chip on their sholders.
I didn't boo the Caps after the first period, but I don't blame those who did.

Posted by: crymeariver4 | March 29, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Any so-called fans who booed this team after yesterday's first period have the same infantile mentality as the idiots who "whoop" opposing players who once played for their team. It's like a kid in a high chair banging his spoon and throwing food because he has to eat his vegetables.

Posted by: capsfan77 | March 29, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

So let me see if this progression is correct: Team locks up the division, team has conference all but locked up, team lets up a little bit after the BEST season in franchise history, team has to play desperate teams on a daily basis, team comes out flat in a meaningless non-conference game, fans call for the coach to be fired and predict a first round exit.

I get the sense that many people who post here don't actually read what they are typing on a daily basis. Get in your time machine and set it for two weeks ago and read the posts. I thought it was only Philly fans who can turn on their team this fast. In an 82 game season teams have bad days. Goalies have bad games. You get strange bounces and some go your way and some don't.

Would you rather have a bad day on an odd 3pm start against the Flames or save it until game 4 of the first round? Some of you folks need to find a realistic middle ground. Or maybe you're just so spoiled by your team that a FIFTH regulation home loss of the season is simply too much.

You're probably the same "fans" who sit in the lower bowl and throw hats after a shootout goal.

Posted by: Rainier1 | March 29, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Caps fans don't like to hear it, but they are noobs. They act like imbeciles when their team scores even if they are down 4-1. They need to ride emotion or they lose interest in the game. Hence, the booing, it allows them to be engaged. They haven't learned patience. Yep, a bunch of noob fans.

Posted by: nhl3000 | March 29, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Band wagon fans out there or not the fans and people that booed paid to go see the Caps play , they want cheer on there Sports team even if they where in the back for a while. The more fans the better . Who serious cares if someone has never rooted before for Caps and is Now . People that call other band wagoners need to get over them selves. Some one is cheering along with you. Ask and player and coach do they serious care about bandwagoners no more fans the better. Serious the Caps before Ovi where unwatchable for a good stretch people went away because Wiz where winning. Booing is apart of any sport, f they dont like we got a problem, because they have a tendecy to be cool and easy for the 1st peroid and come playoff time that could hurt them. remeber President trophy winners havent faired well last couple of years

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | March 29, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Caps played like crap yesterday, but it's just one game and it really didn't mean much for them. What I am more unhappy about is how I keep seeing capitals players get boarded with little to no repercussion. The Chimera board was worth at least a double minor if not more. He hit him smack between the numbers into the boards. The NHL is such a joke the way they choose to call penalties and suspend people.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | March 29, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game yesterday, and I didn't boo. I actually thought everyone was booing either the refs (there were some crappy/missed calls) or the Flames. It is really upsetting to think that the fans were booing their own team. The Caps have done an amazing job this season. And so what if they lose some games, you can't win them all. You buy a ticket to go support your team...and intelligent people know that there is a 50/50 chance of winning. We all know they can play better than what they did yesterday, but seriously, to boo them for it?? That is just sad people.

Posted by: Pup928 | March 29, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game yesterday as well. No one was booing the team; everyone was booing the refs for their spectacular job on Sunday

Posted by: tmurph22 | March 29, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I normally don't post anything here but this situation (booing one of the best - if not THE best NHL team) is very similar to the Hershey Bears (season ticket holder for MANY years) - and it's pretty pathetic. I hear the same thing at Giant Center if they have a bad period and I think - 'here's a team that has been to the Cup Finals 3 times in the last 4 years and they've won it twice - they have (by far) the best record in the AHL and set a new record by winning 24 consecutive home games' - and you know what? For some fans that just isn't good enough. I know that the price of admission gives you the "right to boo" but as BB says - 'give the guys a break' - when the Bears finally lost at home last weekend - they had played 4 games in 5 nights and that included two long bus trips. I'd love to see some of those beer-slugging out-of-shape whiners do what these guys do - as if they've never had a 'bad day' at the office. As far as the idiot who says BB should go if they don't win the Cup - is your name STEINBRENNER or something? BB is the guy who turned this Caps team around - who filled all those empty seats in Verizon Center because he finally brought a winning team to play there. Go drink another beer and stop your complaining!

Posted by: hersheybearfan | March 29, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game also. When the period ended there was a small smattering of boos but the fans had less enthusiasm with it than the Caps had in the first period. I have been to Redksins games where real booing has taken place. This was nothing and Bruce should just let it go. People know the Caps have been great this year, they just want them to win all the time now. It was hardly worth mentioning.

Posted by: pgkens | March 29, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!! Stop your whining, big boy!
We expect better! The effort was piss-poor. He knows it, I know it, all the players knew it.

Posted by: marksman37 | March 29, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Booing is classless. Especially considering the overall job the team has done this year.
Too many "bandwagoners". Probably the same folks the yell "Red" and "Oh" during the singing of the National Anthem.

Posted by: gewhiteva | March 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Booing is classless. Especially considering the overall job the team has done this year.
Too many "bandwagoners". Probably the same folks the yell "Red" and "Oh" during the singing of the National Anthem.

Posted by: gewhiteva | March 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse


Very nice post, finally some sanity amongst all these psychotic posts...I was disgusted with the outcome of the firast period and the game yesterday, but we don't need to panic, this team always bounces back after a couple of for the 1st period, the Caps have outscored their opponents 82-60 in this period this year, they are number 1 in goals scored 1st period and 16th in most given up, so this is not a regular for the team palying better defensively, they are bette rthan last season, and during their win streak averaged giving up 2 goals per game, have you people forgotten this, there is always room for improvement and they need to get back to how they were playing during tha tstrek to be successful in the playoffs, but I have faith in the team , the coach and the GM, they are the reason we fans are enjoying not only the most successful regaular season in their history, but from the most exciting offensive team the Caps have ever placed on the ice...relax and enjoy, it is entertainment, and this from someone who wants very much to see OV lift the Cup this June!

Posted by: boomer44 | March 29, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@marksman - Go buy a season ticket to the Redskins - then you'll have something to boo about - LOL!!!

Posted by: hersheybearfan | March 29, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Boudreau would like some cheese with his whine. He's wrong. The Caps looked like they were hungover from some rough partying Saturday night. Losing is one thing. Not showing up is another. Fans had a right to, and should have, booed after that first period.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | March 29, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Did someone above really just post a whole comment in CAPS?

You can criticize and analyze as a fan but booing is immature. Who cares how much you paid for your ticket?! Did you not realize that losing is a possibility? If you're so upset about paying however much, then stay at home and boo your TV. You should be happy just to be at the game and HELP to cheer your team on, not discourage them. Plus, this was NOT a blow-out.
If you boo, you're not a true fan and don't try to defend your ways.

Posted by: RusCap | March 29, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

By the way, the slow starts CONTINUE to be a problem. If these guys don't wake up, they won't last long in the playoffs. And THEN there will be some real booing.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | March 29, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game, the booing wasnt that bad (although its a fun thing to write/ask about.) Of course there were some boos becuase they played like crap a lot of people paid $60 a ticket for that "effort." I didnt boo, but I sure as heck didnt clap after one period. They will bounce back, but they cant have too many of these let down games going forward.

Posted by: padre123 | March 29, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I think many "fans" are incorrect in thinking that the team owes you some kind of Sunday afternoon entertainment. I think the definition of a FAN envolves SUPPORTING the team, not expecting some stellar performance 100% of the time. Yes, obviously you want the team to do well, it's very exciting and we do have high expectations, but don't forget that you're there to encourage and motivate them too. Hence the inspirational movie clips during 3rd period.

Posted by: RusCap | March 29, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

This is the problem with having a team in DC! I have never seen such a fair weather group in my life. Supporting the CAPS was better when they were not doing as well, you did have all the idiots! Not all the new fans are fair weather fans and I like having the new fans (You have to start watching sometime)! What I can't stand are these idiots who have the best and most exciting team in the NHL playing and so far out of 36 home games they have only lost 5 booing! No team can go undefeated in the NHL and all teams have an off night (you never hear the Penguin or Red Wing fans booing their team on an off night) get over it if you are worried about the money you spent for the ticket to bad SH++ stuff (for the post) happens!

zackattack4492 Your the one who needs to flame away, even if we do not win the Cup this year we will eventually (I hope it is this year but that is why the game is played (again) SH++ stuff happens). Please don't buy any more tickets if you were there yesterday we FANS really don't want you there!

DC if you want to boo then spend your money on tickets to a Wizards, Nationals, or RedSkins game were there is actually a reason to boo.

You fairweather fans can go take a flying leap.

Posted by: capsfan05 | March 29, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Guys, guys, guys (and ladies)...

Let's keep things in perspective: One of the reasons many of us can't stand Yankee fans or Habs fans is what I call their presumption of an entitlement to victory:

Every time the Habs, Yankees, or any sports team from New York City wins a championship, their respective fans get absolutely insufferable, as they start blathering about how thiers is the "Greatest Team That Ever Was Or Ever Will Be, blah, blah, blah."

And you don't begin to hear the end of it for the next five years after that!

They expect their teams to win all the time, as though it were Almighty God's will that it should be so.

But let one of those teams lay an egg--ever--(nevermind if it's an isolated incident in an otherwise dominant season), and suddenly their heroes have morphed overnight into bums.

Don't believe me? Check out the New York Post when the Yanks come to the end of a win streak: if you take the tone of such an article by itself, you would think that the Bronx Bombers had just lost their 10th straight game, not finally lost 1 after winning 10 in a row.

Yes, the Calgary game was a subpar effort in some respects.

Yes, there are some areas of concern heading into the playoffs.

That said, let's remember the good things too:

--The numbers alone make this the best Caps team ever.
--We still ran away with the SE Division.
--We still have the most goals in the NHL.
--We still outscore our opposition by a larger margin than anyone else.
--We still have two of the top five +/- guys in the League.
--We still clinched the Eastern Conference Regular season title (I never thought I'd say this, but: Thanks, Phlyers).
--We still are very likely to capture the President's Trophy.
--We still are considered a legitimate contender for the Stanley Cup.

Please, people: These are most definitely NOT the signs of a team in decline, or of a team deserving of anything but our full support.

Let's please NOT be like Habs fans and Yankee fans. We are Caps fans. We're better than that.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 29, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the team played a bad game yesterday, but the booing was inappropriate - these guys have played their hearts out all year and occassionally they are going to have a bad game. I guess the people that pass for hockey fans in DC these days were offended that the team had the nerve to lose while they were at the game. These are the same people that wouldn't have been caught dead at a Caps game just over two years ago, when they were not exactly setting the world on fire. Many of the fans have become spoiled by the team's success and display an entitlement mentality. Unfortunately, this is the majority of the people at the VC these days, and this is why Caps fans were in the Top 5 in a recent poll of "most annoying hockey fans".

Posted by: RustyShackelford728 | March 29, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I was there and I laughed when the booing started because I couldn't believe how spoiled we've become already,

Posted by: dtysko | March 29, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

As I've been one saying I didn't boo, wouldn't ever boo, am willing to "give the boys a break," BUT also hold the coach accountable for his job after saying yesterday: "we weren't ready to play," let me acknowledge what Bruce told Tarik today on another CI post:

*Boudreau also took full responsibility for keeping his players engaged down the stretch. Motivation certainly seemed to be an issue the past two games.

"It's my job to make sure they don't fall," he said. "It's a tough thing because they know they've won the conference."

We agree. It is tough... but it is his job. When the team comes out as "not ready" as they were yesterday, the Coach needs to accept his role in the mess -- especially if he is going to call out fans. Any fans. Even the ones I disagree with. The ones who booed.

Posted by: caps1974 | March 29, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

This is a free country: if people want to boo, let them. How else to register displeasure with the team and its lack of "effort"?? for the record: i was not one of those booing.

Posted by: doughless | March 29, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I am just sick of some of the newbies at the games.. no one in our section was booing.. not one person. but we were ready to toss some fans seriously,.. sit your BUTT DOWN when the puck is in play; dont stand up right when the puck is dropped or stand right in the aisle during the game.. and dont yell at the usher who is doing his job! OR else just go back to Redskins park and boo since I didnt see this behavior till this season at a Caps game.. eesh.. )also stop screaming "shoot it" because you can't think of anything constructive to add)

Posted by: kmr2r | March 29, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I agree with kmr2r, after two years of the idiot onslaught at the Verizon Center, I find myself enjoying going to games less and less. Thankfully, since people are willing to trade their mothers for Caps tickets these days, I've made a tidy profit online and can watch some games from the comfort of my own home without leaners, puck-in-play walkers, cowbells ringing two inches from my ear, and chest thumping idiots who have no idea what's going on in front of them. I sincerely hope that whoever bought my seats for Sundays game was one of those who had a bad time simply because the team didn't win.

I'm happy for the team and their success, happy for Ted Leonsis and everything that he has accomplished with this team, and that he can lose less money or make some more money, whatever the case may be, I'm happy for those old time fans that have been around since the 70's who can enjoy this, but from a gameday experience perspective, I kind of miss the days when the arena was half empty. I had more fun going to the games then, even though the Caps were more likely to lose.

Posted by: RustyShackelford728 | March 30, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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