Mike Green, Bruce Boudreau on Caps' victory
Despite the below-capacity crowd and a slow start for the Caps, defenseman Mike Green said today's 5-4 overtime win over Pittsburgh had a postseason feel.
"It felt like a playoff game," he said. "Not like a regular-season game. They came out really strong. You can't expect anyone to be tired or not, but we had heard [the Penguins] had come in late. They came out flying, and it took us a while to get going."
After the win, Coach Bruce Boudreau had no shortage of praise for his players, including goalie Jose Theodore, who made 31 saves and got his career-high 10th straight win.
"Theodore played great," Boudreau said. "Couldn't do anything on the first two, I don't think, you know, [Sidney] Crosby's goals, and then there were bang-bang goals in front of the net. A sign of a good goaltender, to me, is when it's tied at the end or you're up by a goal and somebody can preserve that one-goal lead and preserve it so it gives you an opportunity to win it. And he did."
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