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Boudreau's Postgame Quotes

Here are a few excerpts from Coach Bruce Boudreau's postgame press conference:

On the difference-maker in Game 3: "Well, [the Penguins] played great. They were going on all cylinders and we were watching them skate. As far as penalties go, I hope I never hear them complain about penalties again, picks, and everything else. I think we might have deserved the penalties, but they sure as hell deserved a few more than they got."

On goalie Simeon Varlamov: "He was outstanding. When you get a goaltending effort like that, you have to win because they don't come around every day."

On the Caps' penalty kill: "I think four you can get away with and when we got the fifth one, I thought, 'Okay, we're playing with fire.' And when we got the sixth one, I said, 'Now we're in the danger zone.' And we were."

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 6, 2009; 11:03 PM ET
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They had won 5 straight. I told my buddy before the game that it was about time for them to put in a crap game, and they did. They'll rebound though, as they tend to do. It's a best of seven for a reason.

Also, hope they gave the refs a star for their performance. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but good lord...

Posted by: ModestProposal | May 6, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: uncatim | May 6, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Right on the money Bruce, as always. Hope he sits down with everyone (a full practice tomorrow would be nice to see, even our top dogs missed some key chances to score) to go over what we can do differently... time to regroup and play like the team we know and love!


Posted by: mrszilla | May 6, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

We need Dave

"Dave's a killer!!!"

Posted by: ludeman95 | May 6, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Credit to the Pens for playing as well as they did tonight. 17-9 in PP chances for the series. Just saying. Come back strong for Friday.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 6, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: yrb1 | May 6, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree with BB about everyone having bruises by this point. However, the system changed a fair amount because of Poti and Green, and Erskine out. I noticed that they had two guys on the forcheck and the center up high quite often. That's not the way they play. It makes sense, because if Poti can hardly skate or feel his legs and only one side of Green works right, you can't leave those guys to go up against odd man rushes xnd the like. But at one point, you have to admit that the team suffers. I know potis groin is wonky, and maybe it's time to pull in hue reserves. Green couldn't handle ovies pass on the PP, and it was a basic pass. one armed offensive defensemen aren't going to get us far, and he was out too much.

Posted by: oo7 | May 6, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

osala might be nice too.... looked like some of our boys need some rest.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 6, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

The History does repeat......this lose really hurts....

Posted by: 555Mass | May 6, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

the similarities between this series and the Bears series is so scary!!!!

Posted by: Andoy | May 6, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping for a split in Pittsburgh anyhow. Now Caps, go for a win on Friday and finish the job on Saturday.

Sema, you're overdue for a goal!! So are you, Greener.

Is Green healthy? I have my doubts. (He's probably not bad enough off, healthwise, to be scratched but maybe needs his minutes reduced so he's not fatigued.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Why were our D constantly hanging out by the RED line.

We had a great CYCLE going numerous times in their zone and our D were not holding the BLUE line and the puck would come around and out of the zone and kill the pressure. That needs to be addressed.

Posted by: lightshow | May 6, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear why Boudreau waited so long to put 8-19-28 back together.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | May 6, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Like above poster said - we were due - for a stinker.
Lets move on.
Get some rest.
We expected the Penz to be desperate.
We saw a rising star exploding into mega nova in Varly.
We saw OV & the guys a little tired & pacing themselves.

So for us to almost pull this 1 out is a positive.

Caps in 6 is still my call. We rip their hearts out in front of their fans.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 6, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Big mistake to play Nylander today, he's just bad luck or whatever. Bring Aucoin, I don't care if Hershey loses. It's not about Hershey. I knew this will happen as soon as heard about Circles playing. Sloan is ok, but we NEED Alzner, bench Morrisson if you have to.

Bruce stop being stubborn, you did the right thing with Varly (despite goalie coach recommending to play Theo, btw fire that idiot, I mean the goalie coach) and Shutlz.

Posted by: yrb1 | May 6, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse


You call for Caps in 6.

I was calling Caps in 5 and clinch at home, in front of the home crowd.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Will any of our injured be back for next game (i.e. Fehr, Erskine, etc.)?

I hope Feds will be able to go next game.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

"Dave's a mess."

Posted by: fullright | May 6, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Backstrom score finally! He should have had another one earlier in the game with that reverse move around the net. Now if only we can get Semin and Green going too! Poti and Green really looked like they are playing with injuries. They really need a healthy Erskine to come back and play.

Posted by: JohnWWW | May 6, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

ludeman95, "Dave's a mess."?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 6, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the only person that played well today was Varly. Whenever we get a penalty, I think Varly should be the extra man attacker crashing the net. Would you want to mess with a guy in full armor and a big stick? Think about it!

I am reminded of a Leon commercial where after a devastating loss, Leon places the loss of the game squarely on the team despite his four fumbles

While Varly is a humble guy as we have seen so far, he could easily be in Leon's place blaming the loss on his teammates.

Again, Varly can't do everything (or can he?)

Posted by: HobbesLionheart | May 6, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

The best way to look at it was the Pens needed to win 4 games of the remaining 5 before tonight. Can they do 3 of the remaining 4? They still have a long road.

Posted by: rh71 | May 6, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Play hard, Caps, and win the series. It will be really embarrassing if Carolina goes further in the playoffs than the Caps do (and, for that matter, if Pittsburgh does). (If Pitt wins, there will be no end of the hype about their guys and the writers will refer to our guys as chokers.) Our fans will probably be ready to trade everyone who's not named Ovechkin or Varlamov.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

As badly as the Caps played (and they looked awful for most of the game) they were able to take it to OT. I fully expect the squad will bounce back in Game 4.

Posted by: SavedByZero | May 6, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

They win on a deflected shot that wasn't going on net that the defenseman decided to deflect. STUPID. This team needs to wake up and realize that they are in a playoff series. They have yet to play 60 minutes. I'm guessing this is the wakeup call and Friday will be an 8-1 game. 8-2 if Poti plays.

Posted by: Alexis5 | May 6, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

How is Nylander an option? There's gotta be someone in Hershey (Aucoin) to replace him. I was hoping we would be able to 'steal' a win, since Varly stood on his head and we were thoroughly outplayed. BB was right, lots of standing around watching instead of skating with the Pens. However, I am totally convinced that this series will end in five. Put another way, it took a shot from the point in OT that got inadvertently deflected by Morrisson for a totally desperate Pens team to beat the CAPS.

At least Crosby didn't abuse Green in this game like game 2.

Posted by: cgar_dan | May 6, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse


With Poti and Green trying to play with injuries, might we be better served with a healthy Alzner than an injured guy? I'll admit a healthy Green and a healthy Poti should play ahead of Alzner but that's the catch -- are they healthy?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to hear this name Nylander ever again, what did he ever do for us, today was his chance to prove something. What did he do, nil, ZERO. GO AWAY NYLS.

Posted by: yrb1 | May 6, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse


Your prediction was like mine -- Caps in 5!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I bet Green's healthy, he's just lazy. I'm sick of him not commanding the puck along the boards and losing 1-on-1 battles, and I'm sick of him not adequately clearing the puck when it can be done easily, and instead making the play more difficult, then giving it away. He's too bleeping casual. That's there is to it. He and Semin.

You can't play that way in the playoffs. They both have had 17 playoff games to learn the lesson, and they either aren't capable of it, or don't care.

The rest of the team can only carry the dead weight so far.

Posted by: writered21 | May 6, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I checked out the Caps message boards and noticed there's a lot of doom and gloom and "sky is falling" posts. People are thinking it's going to be just like the other years where the Caps had a 2-0 edge to the Pens that they blew. Yes, the Caps have had Murphys' Law happen a lot but for some reason I think they'll win this series. And, considering I'm not exactly the most optimistic person. I've been accused of being negative. (Yes, I felt pretty negative when the Caps went down 2-0 and was monsterously pissed when they lost Game 1 vs the Rangers.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

On Green...

You guys have to remember than Green cant do what he did in the regular season. This is the playoffs, you cant gamble like he usually does. He is staying back to play more defense.

Im not saying that is the only reason, he can definitely be playing better.

Posted by: digster1013 | May 6, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

We got outhustled and outplayed. Still, some of those calls that went against us weren't being called the other way. We'll get em on friday.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | May 6, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

We are now 0-3 with Nylander in the lineup. Those were also our 3 worst-played games. Coincidence? Perhaps. I think the guy may also just be bad luck. I'd rather see Alzner playing center right now than Nylander...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | May 6, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse


Green's been off the whole series but a little better in this one than last one.

Semin was good vs the Rangers but off in this series. Even so, he got a couple of assists in Game 1 (and one in this game). He has contributed more than zero this series, so there's hope. He's due to score.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Disagree, Green is not lazy. And, Morrison has played well in my opinion. Better Monday than tonight. We win in six.

Posted by: kevbnyc | May 6, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

When will Fehr be back? We're stuck with Nylander until then.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Man, when he's getting his face sewn up on the bench and then goes back out after the guy, Classic!

Posted by: ludeman95 | May 6, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Green and the rest of the Defense must get to the puck and move it out of zone quicker.

Posted by: jmy999 | May 6, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Def alot of standing around on the whole defenses part.

Posted by: ludeman95 | May 6, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

@ Writered21:

Alexander Semin's career playoff line:

Games: 17
Goals: 8
Assists: 10
Points: 18
+/-: +6

You've gotta be out of your mind.

Posted by: mischadc83 | May 6, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't necessarily agree with the comments above. Although we did lag in game, by the 3rd period the Caps were giving it all they had. It seems to me that in the last third of the game they were fighting hard- almost fierce. I should think the Pens really tired them out!

Posted by: SarahKate | May 6, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse


Agreed! Semin has generally been good in playoffs. While this particular series hasn't been his best, he has contributed to scoring. (2 assists in Game 1; thought he should have been one of the stars). While this game wasn't one of his better ones, he did chip in an assist. (Everyone was calling for him to be dumped back in February when he was generally getting a point in nearly every game even if not scoring goals.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 7, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse


"Man, when he's getting his face sewn up on the bench and then goes back out after the guy, Classic!"

So, who are you talking about? Semin? I recall reading that he (Semin) had gotten stitched up on Saturday after taking a stick to his face from Orpik early in the game. And then on Monday, he went back after the guy.

Is it my imagination or do Kunitz (whose name means "marten", a type of weasel) and Orpik (i.e. Orprick) seem to get away with murder?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 7, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Malkin has awoken-thank goodness.
Another superb game by Varly.
What a series. To echo a pp, eery (sp?) similarities with the WB-S and Hershey series.

Do it Pens!
See you all at the Verizon Center on Saturday!

Posted by: LEM66 | May 7, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse


We will, we will, rock you. The Caps will win. And some of our sleeping giants will wake up by then. We are NOT the Rangers. Repeat, we are NOT the Rangers.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 7, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I really would like to understand why the Caps have such a hard time playing for 60 full minutes. I don't get it. After our first goal, you could see the Pens were shaken and playing without conviction. Instead of building on it, we gave up control of the game. Why? Is my view distorted or does it look like we are much more inconsistent than most of our opponents? I would love to be challenged on this, but it seems to me that the Pens have played consistently and better than us in this whole series, no matter what the final score.

I agree with Ovie's & BB's conclusions. The only bright spot of the evening is that, unlike the Pens, we acknowledged our opponents better play and took responsibility for our loss rather than whine.

Posted by: caraveli | May 7, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

nyles has had some bad games since his injury, but i don't think there is any way to blame him for this one. the pens created sustained forechecking with multiple players in front of the goalie, shooting from in close, and putting up pressure for extended periods of time. watch the final minutes and you can see ovie going into the pens zone by himself 1 on 3 (or similiar) and shooting from well outside the circles only to have his shot be deflected out so they could transition back to the caps zone. that's a team break down not a nyles break down.

i don't think nyles put in enough effort to earn a spot over aucoin, however, in no way should the loss be placed at nyles' feet.

Posted by: am_jim | May 7, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

whoever called out SEMIN is nuts.

He is more then a Point per game player in the Playoffs through 17 games.

Got to be crazy to call him out.

You expect him to score 2 goals every game?

He is a goal scorer and is paid to either score or create chances to score. He is not paid 4+ mil to check.

Posted by: lightshow | May 7, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse


You are in the wrong place.

Go to And have a Jerk off party with your buddies.

Posted by: lightshow | May 7, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse


Such language!
I am a paying WaPost subscriber and have every right to post last time I checked.

And yes, thanks, that's a wonderful blog!

P.S. Can't spell Collapse without C-a-p-s!

Posted by: LEM66 | May 7, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

@am_jim: I totally agree: "that's a team break down not a nyles break down." Why do we have what looks like too many of these breakdowns?

Posted by: caraveli | May 7, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

@ LEM 66 - Enjoy this victory----i know the history is on your side with our let downs. BUTTT...The old Caps never had someone like the GR8 Eight!!

Atleast the CAPS did not whine like the PENS after two straight losses....

Lem 66 --- why would Crosby ask the ref to make an announcement to aks fans to stop celebrating the trick the other day? I mean come on, Aey!!

Those of you saying series in 5 are not looking at the way CAPS have played down the stretch. Plus the league will never let this series end in less then 6 or 7.

Posted by: hunter32 | May 7, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse


Another one of your Pens fans buddies who apparently works in D.C. was whining about how he hates this city (D.C.). My response: go back to Pittsburgh. Oh, that's right, we have jobs here. How silly of me. And when you go back, subscribe to that joke of a paper, the Post-Gazette.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | May 7, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Quit whining about non calls. did Boudreau the Biatch see Ovie leave his skates to cheap shot Orpik? Caps are in trouble. They were outplayed in games 1 and 3, Malkin came alive and the series will be tied tomorrow. They will choke.

Posted by: boudreausabiatch | May 7, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

to all pens fans. you outplayed us, out shot us, out hit us. you had 5 more powerplays than us. you were playing at home, desperate and in a must win game. your top player was a beast all night. and it took a deflection by our dman in overtime to beat us. congratulations.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 7, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

well said dc sport

best comment says it all

nice try caps-will not choke-lemiuex66

go back to pit and mine something

Posted by: hunter32 | May 7, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Poti and Green may be hurting, but I think the reason they aren't pinching in on the blue line was all of the odd man rushes in Games 1 and 2. BB must have told them to focus on D first and make sure they are in position. This isn't NY we're playing and even the Pens third line can score goals.

The Caps had a chance to put this away early when they got the gift goal by Ovie and took it to the Pens for the first 10 minutes. Don't know what happened for the rest of the game, but we were clearly outhit, outhustled, and outplayed except in goal. Without Varly making 5-6 insane saves, this game would never have been close. Caps need a lot better effort from its other stars like Semin, Backstrom, and Green to match the Pens tops players.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 7, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Why not give Chris Clark some more playing time. He has 3 games under his belt and can help if he gets a chance. Jeez.. he played less than Nylander, and the front lines were exhausted

Posted by: jsandes | May 7, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Some of you are pathetic... blaming Nylander for this loss. He played 7 minutes... with pions... He can not have an impact, either way. Leave him alone. We need the guys to backcheck and to stop turning the puck over.
If not for Varly, the Caps ballon would be grossly deflated right now. We need more of a collective effort if we want to move on.

Posted by: atybat | May 7, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I love Pens fans. I really do. I love them so much I want to emulate Sidney Crosby and sock 'em all in the nuts and then go around and brag like that's the best thing in the world to be known for. I love how they keep pulling up past history to justify their stupidity. Last I checked their past teams aren't exactly playing on this team and for them to think that history will dominate the Capitals team we are blessed with right here, right now, is laughable.

Before you Pens fans get too carried away, we're still ahead in this series 2 to 1. You pi$$ed our team off enough for us to come at you full-strength this Friday and then you're back in our house. Guess what happened the last two times you were in our house? Yeah, that's right - YOU LOST! So get your hands out of your pants, Caps in 5!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 7, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse


Wow. The niceties here astound me.

Are you buddies with every single Caps fan? And in agreement with each and every one of their posts? Likely not. Same here.

I love living in Washington, DC. The Post is a great paper. Never a fan of the P-Gazette (I was a Pittsburgh Press subsriber). And yes, my very well-paying job and nice house contribute soundly to the tax base of this area.

My son is a diehard Caps fan, just like his dad (season ticket holder). But alas, I love the Pens.

The hats thing...well...the easiest way to stop it is by not allowing someone to score a hat trick. I was at Monday's game, and other than the outcome (of course), thought it was incredible.

Friday can't come quickly enough! Peace.

Posted by: LEM66 | May 7, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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