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.
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