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Boudreau's Superstitions

If you missed Amy Orndorff's story in this morning's Sunday Source, check it out, there's some funny stuff you might not know about Coach Bruce Boudreau.

From the article (it features the superstitions of other local sports figures, too):

For Boudreau, a room at Verizon Center where the team holds news conferences has been taboo ever since he went in there before a game that the team lost.
"About four games later . . . we needed [the room] again, and I said, 'I don't like it.' And they said, 'Oh, it will be okay,' and we lost again," Boudreau says.
But the coach's superstitions aren't limited to Verizon Center. If he happens to talk to someone on the phone before a win, he calls that person again before the next game. During a seven-game winning streak, he made a point to ask center Viktor Kozlov how he was doing before each game -- you know, since it worked the first four times he did it.
Boudreau's wardrobe also plays a part: During one streak, he wore the same suit for three straight games.
Finally, he changed. "I sat there and said, 'Okay, I have used all the luck out of it,' " he says. He told himself: "Don't be so stupid. Put on some clean clothes."

Read the whole article here.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 4, 2008; 3:33 PM ET
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funny stuff. thanks for posting Tarik.

ps: shouldn't you be on vacation :) you deserve it. great work throughout the season.

Posted by: CapsFanInHollywood | May 4, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I read that too. He's awesome and I'm glad he's our coach.

Posted by: Joe | May 4, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

To all those that feel good about the Caps,
The Flyers & Pens Owners/Manager's have demonstrated to their fans, city and their players that Patience is for FAT LAZY LOSERS, Like Caps owner and his Midget.

Oh but our "future" looks so bright, Yeah, in fantasy land.
Keep being happy with average, thanks to the WORST GM in the NHL.

Posted by: Chief | May 4, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

THANKS, CHIEF! Thanks for bringing us back to ground through your inciteful analysis devoid of of facts.

There are 2 ways of building a team. One for the short hauls (2 to 3 seasons maybe) where you buy your players. The other through the draft and development. The latter methodology yields spotty results in the near term, but generally creates a longer term sucess rate.

Your solution is short term and costly.

Posted by: Greg S. | May 4, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

So who do you all pick in the Flyers-Pens series? And more importantly, who out of the West is most likely to clobber said team, because that's how I'm going to choose my bandwagon...

Posted by: honed | May 4, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Stupid Penguins. Can't believe they called Chris Drury for a 4 minute high stick after he lost a chunk of his cheek that went penalty-less. Anyone else see forshadowing of the Flyers/Penguins series. Let's see, the pivotal game will be officiated by Devorski and Koharski and I predict in game 1 that McCreary will either closeline Hartnall or tackle Umberger on a breakaway.

I am so mad that I actually have to root for the Flyers (because I seriously cannot stomach the thought of the Pens playing for the Cup). Because I also just know that if the Pens win the series that stupid Detroit will end up losing to Dallas.

Okay I need to go to my happy place now. Time to go to a quiet room and look at my Caps media guide for a while. Always good.

Posted by: Kim | May 4, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Haha, that's awesome. He's got to be the most fun coach to play for.

And the Flyers are WAY overachieving in the playoffs. They should never have beaten us, and Montreal was pretty much a pushover. The Pens, however, will not be such a pushover.

And this is the only time I'm going to allow this to come out of my mouth, aside from a time when their winning will help the Caps somehow, but Let's Go Pens!

I have to admit that I hate Philly more than I have ever hated Pittsburgh. Plus, I have a desire to see the Red Wings and the Pens get to the final, simply because they are easily the two best teams in the league right now.

Let's go hockey!

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | May 4, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry, but I have to hate the Pens more than the Flyers at this point. There are so many Pittsburgh relocates in my part of town and it just drives me crazy. Worse than seeing all of the Red Sox and Patriots stickers.

Caps media guide, Caps media guide. Look at pictures of Ovie, Semin, Nicky, Green Laich, Steckel. Calm down. Look at Laich, Steckel, and Green one more time (okay, two more times). Kozlov just because. I really feel so much better now. So, anyone know how long it takes to get to Quebec?

Posted by: Kim | May 4, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Since forever, I've rooted for the Rangers and whoever was playing Philly. I'll root for, ugh! Pittsburgh.

I don't want either of them to win. I'd like to see them go to triple OT each game, and whoever wins in the west can sweep the remaining life forms.

Posted by: Greg S. | May 4, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I have rooted for the Caps and the Devils (ever since "limo gate"). Always loved Scotty Stevens. Well the Rangers spoiled that one for me. Do like the idea of the Flyers and the Penguins so destroying each other that minor leaguers are playing for the cup against either Detroit or Dallas. That would be fun to watch.

I guess we have to look on the one bright side. We are no longer paying for Jagr!!!! Sweet.

In all seriousness, I am looking forward to seeing how the remaining teams face off against each other. There are some real interesting match-ups in the making. Will be interesting to see who steps up. I have a feeling it will not be the superstars, but those grinders that do so much. Can you say Roberts.

Posted by: Kim | May 4, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

DC to Quebec City = ~12hrs, 19min :)
I wish Halpern were still with Dallas, then I'd have a legitimate reason to root for someone. Detroit is fun to watch but its like rooting for the Yankees. Also, don't the Caps have Philly's 2nd rounder?

Posted by: honed | May 4, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Philly has matched up very well against the Pens this year. What sticks in my mind was the 8-0 (something like that) beating where the Pens got the crap kicked out of them in every facet of the game.

Philly is overachieving, but they've picked the perfect time to do it.

Having said that, I'm hoping for an asteroid strike as I can't root for either of those teams.

Dallas looked all world for a chunk of the year then hit the wall in Feb. I think they're better than the 5 spot they started the playoffs in. I think I'll root for them for the balance of the playoffs, they're game is a lot less "perfect" than Detroits, but I do enjoy watcking Turks shut people down. Just my .02

Posted by: Steve R | May 4, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

12 hours. Crap. Well I guess I will just have to watch playoff hockey and read about Worlds.

I agree re: Detroit and the Yankees, but I would rather see Detroit win than the Pens. Besides is Detroit the Yankees or are the Rangers. I mean Detroit is actually winning. I would like to see Marty Turco get the whole he can't win in the playoffs monkey off his back, but am just not sure that the NHL would let him win if it was a Dallas/Pens match up. They still have the whole goal with the player in the crease thing to make-up for. Even though he is only the co-GM, I am also not crazy about Brett Hull in any way laying claim to another Stanley Cup. That guy gets on my nerves more than Avery.

I really can't even begin to tell you how much I do not want to see the Pens win the Cup this year. The only solace I am taking so far is that not only can Sid not grow a beard, but he also has not dominated in the two series that much. Not that I do not like Sid, I just do not want to hear how he is the second coming for the duration of next season until someone else wins the Cup.

Posted by: Kim | May 4, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm rooting for San Jose as they seem like the biggest underdog of the series since our boys were knocked out.

I can't believe I was actually rooting for the Rags today. :(

Posted by: keef | May 4, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Makes me like Boudreau even more. Hockey players are the most superstitious people I've ever read about. Patrick Roy used to have insane pre-game superstitious rituals, it was hilarious.

Posted by: letzgoterps | May 4, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I do not care about Boudreau's superstitions. I want to know about the Caps' contract negotiations with RFAs and UFAs. Where are those negotiations? How far apart are the Caps and those players, especially Mike Green and Cristobal Huet? Surely the Caps have talked with various agents in the last two weeks, no?

Posted by: Bethesda, MD | May 4, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for your concern and for understanding the toll working seven straight months with virtually no days off takes on a beat writer and his family. I've been taking some time off. Since you know so much about negotiations, why don't you give those agents a call?

Posted by: Tarik | May 4, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Bethesda, MD:
I don't think they will talk about UFAs/RFAs until after the Cup.

I exchanged emails with Phil Sheridan (sports columnist - Philly Inquirer) during the Caps/Flyers series and even he disagrees with you. He wrote how bright the Caps future is - for YEARS to come (not IN years, but FOR years). Yup, the Caps' bright future is now, and we got a great glimpse of it the second half of the season. BTW, he also said that he wished he could say the same about the Flyers. So a Philly insider disagees with you about both the Caps AND the Flyers. Just food for thought ...

Posted by: Boo! | May 4, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Chief demonstrates how out of town sports fans who write in here (and who visit our arenas) are more interested in raining on our parade than being a part of their own teams' cheering fan base. Chief must be so hateful of him/her self that this person seems to displace their personal shortcomings by trying to comment on an article after the season is over. Give it a rest and seek out therapy. We can handle your silliness when you come back.

Posted by: Izzyforeal365 | May 4, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Flyer v. Pens: I'm gonna have to go with the Flyers because (a) I work with Pens fans and (b) John Stevens once played for the Bears back in the days when we were a Philly farm team, and he was a nice guy back then. If nothing else I respect his loyalty in staying with the organization all these years.

Posted by: Tess | May 4, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Flyer v. Pens: I'm gonna have to go with the Flyers because (a) I work with Pens fans and (b) John Stevens once played for the Bears back in the days when we were a Philly farm team, and he was a nice guy back then. If nothing else I respect his loyalty in staying with the organization all these years.

Posted by: Tess | May 4, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the double post.

Posted by: Tess | May 4, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Brendan Morrow just rocked someone a few minutes ago. The guy came around the boards with the puck and had his head down. Legit, but with 3 seconds to go in regulation headed into OT. WHile this guy is down on the ice, and i mean down for a while if you didn't see it, some goomba is sitting in the 1st row, calling people on his cell phone as he's looking down on the injured player.
It made me feel icky.

Posted by: oo7 | May 4, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Go sell crazy somewhere else, we're all filled up here.

Trying to justify an early exit from the post season by saying the "future" is bright, is called DENIAL.
Ask any player on the Caps roster how it makes them feel knowing their "future" is bright while the Flyers are NOW in the conference finals, let me know if any reply being satisfied.
Any player that IS satisfied should quit playing for money.

Posted by: Chief | May 5, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse


What parade ?? You mean squeaking into the post season from being worst in the league ??
That's called a parade, losing in first round ?
Where are the fans that will NOT accept losing ??
ESPECIALLY when their team has had the MOST First round picks in the NHL since 2000, yet can't manage to win anything.

Posted by: Chief | May 5, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

You're beating a dead horse. The vast majority of these so - called, "Fans" WILL NEVER COMPREHEND where you're coming from. Personally, I agree with you 100%. Unfortunately, there're far too few fans sick and tired of being "Patient." As a result, George McPhee's incompetence will be tolerated for, at least the forseeable future. And, that's sad. The fact of the matter is, that in spite of having two World class players ( Ov, and Sasha ) there's little likelihood of The Caps EVER raising Lord Stanley's Cup. George McPhee ( And, regrettably Ted Leonsis as well, I believe ) are natural born losers. George's 10 year track record certainly screams that fact out to me.

Posted by: Puckguru | May 5, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Chief and PuckGuru make me laugh! How they would have railed and railed if the CAPS had not made the playoffs! The PENS rebuilt their team long term with picks the FLYERS went free agent route and got lucky. But PENS and CAPS players will be around a long time (patience Bethesdafan patience, nothing gets done until playoffs are over) while Flyers may be in trouble next year. But I hope Chief and Gurua provide us with wit and wisdom after the FLYERS lose to the PENS.

Posted by: A Hardwick | May 5, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I have to root for the Flyers against the Pens. I don't want to see the headline "Crosby Wins the Stanley Cup" with the subhead "Teammates Tag Along."

Posted by: Joe B | May 5, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

To say the Pens built through their system is purely uninformed.

Look at their roster compared to the Flyers

Pens have what 11 players on their roster that were through draft or through their system

Flyers have 10 on their roster that was through draft or through their system.


Carter - draft
Cote - came through system
Downie - draft
Gagne - draft
Jones - came through system
Nittymaki - draft
Prospal - draft
Richards - draft
Tolpeko - system
Umberger - came through system...original draft pick of another team. Never reported for them. Flyers signed him to minor league deal.


Crosby - draft
Fleury - draft
kennedy - draft
Letang - draft
Malone - draft
Orpik - draft
Scuderi -draft
Staal - draft
Talbot - draft
Whitney -draft

By this logic, we can say the Flyers built their team through their system and nurturing young guys.

The rest of the players on either team are through trades of FA

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

chief's comments are as laughable as they are inaccurate. pens oweners didn't have patience? does he know that they went 6 years (SIX YEARS) between playoff appearances. purged the team of all of its players and then struck gold with the number 1 overall pick (twice)? then they got bounced from the playoffs in the first round. sound familiar?? now where are they, with home ice advantage in the conference finals. bet they thought their future was bleak too. chief needs to get therapy for his subconscious man love for GMGM.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | May 5, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

@anon 11:36am

What about Malkin?

Posted by: Steve R | May 5, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

GO FLYERS!!!!!!!!! Caps Fans are all a bunch of cry babies!!!!!!!

Posted by: Philly Brawler | May 5, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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