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Boudreau Pregame

With two young goaltenders in Simeon Varlamov and Ben Bishop set to face each other tonight as the Caps host the Blues, Coach Bruce Boudreau was asked how either team might adjust to a netminder that they haven't seen before and that they don't know a whole lot about.

Boudreau's analysis was quite simple. "Well somebody always used to tell me," he said. "Shoot it where they ain't."

Both teams have to solve the new face in net, but Boudreau said the advantage in some cases may be to the shooter -- like Alex Ovechkin.

"I think Alex might have an advantage over any goalie that hasn't seen him," Boudreau said. "No matter how much you anticipate, watch him on video and everything like that you have no idea how hard his shot is coming."

Boudreau also credited Blues Coach Andy Murray with helping him reach the NHL level as a coach.

"Before I went to la there was no chance of me saying 'Geez I could coach in the NHL,'" Boudreau said. "Just hanging around him, whether it be in the playoffs or in training camp or in the summer camp I learned so much. I've still got all the sheets from all his drills with me. I don't think I would have had this opportunity if it wasn't for Andy."

I'll post what the lines look like during warm ups.

By Katie Carrera  |  December 18, 2008; 5:36 PM ET
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Shoot it where they ain't!...Love it!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 18, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

the "Iron Curtain" has arrived. We have the russian 5 now. Onward and upward.

Posted by: ergoroc | December 18, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Know that this doesn't directly affect the Caps, but Sundin signed with the Canucks.

Posted by: jsaltman | December 18, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

then somebody needs to let varMaLov know to just... 'stand where they shoot it'

Posted by: kdwiedel | December 18, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, I think Boudreau aped that quote from Wee Willie Keeler, baseball's best hitter before Ty Cobb came along. Keeler was once asked what was his secret to success, and he said, "Hit it where they ain't."

I am jealous of Varlamov's dad. This guy will probably spend the game upstairs watching with one of his heroes - Fedorov. I have three daughters. Even if they turned out to be great gymnasts or something - and they didn't - it's not like I'd want to hang out with some guy world famous because he does the horse or the uneven bars. I'm not complaining at all about my three wonderful daughters (one of whom reads all these posts). I'm just saying I'm jealous of Varlamov's dad. Alzner's dad too. Dads of hockey players - you go, dudes!

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 18, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

On an earlier thread I put the idea of Fedorov staying as asst coach or something, maybe then coming back like hockey players having been doing lately and playing the second half and the playoffs. The Caps have a very strong Russian leaning and it will get stronger. I believe w/o Ovie, Kozzie and Feds, Semin would struggle to fit in. Maybe Kozzie stays next year for a little less. What does Feds want to do after hanging up the skates? GMGM could easily put him in the front office apprentice program. You have him do marketing and scouting in Russia. You have him teaching his view of hockey in the development camps. Fedorov could become like Stevie Y is for Canada, an ambassador and maybe GM for Olympics. He could hob-nob with Mr. Ovechkin and Mrs. Ovechkina, a legend in her own right. A win-win keeps Feds with the Caps and keeps the Russian pipeline of hockey players flowing straight to DC.

I just got my performance review and they said I was really good at "out of the box thinking." Does this mean I'll be paid like Ovechkin? No. Do I keep my job as essentially a grinder at the giant missile factory? Sure. A man has to eat.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 18, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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