Boudreau on the Big Screen
I wasn't at Tuesday's Caps game, but I was told the following thing happened: late in the game, Ovechkin's image was shown on the big screen. He attempted to rile up the fans, who, suitably riled, responded with boisterous cheers. Soon after, the camera focused on Bruce Boudreau, and the fans cheered on, while Boudreau attempted to disappear. An oral history of that incident.
Alex Ovechkin: "The crowd was unbelievable. Fans was crazy."
Bruce Boudreau: "It was like the fans were there with them. I don't know if you understand what I'm saying--like they've waited a long time, and the true hockey fans were there knowing that this was an opportunity to do something. And they were into it was much as the players were."
Matt Cooke: "They put Ovie on the screen and he kind of gave the crowd a little pump-up, like a raise-the-roof kind of thing. So when I was on the bench I noticed they put Bruce on, and I was just giving it to him a little, telling him to wave, to give 'em what the crowd wants. And Bruce isn't like that, he's not a flashy guy, he's not loud. I think he gave a very tiny little wave and kind of blushed a little bit."
Crystal Boudreau: "It was amazing....It was very emotional for me. You're very proud. Let's be honest, when he first got the job the blogs were carving him up. Some of the fans had him fired before he ever coached a game. Now to see that they have given him a chance and they love him, it's nice....I did cheer. I was very appreciative, very happy and I cheered probably as loud as anybody in the place."
Mike Green: "He didn't know whether to laugh or be serious. It was pretty funny, I don't know, just because I know him as a person. He probably was embarrassed a little bit. That's just the way he is."
Bruce Boudreau: "I put my head down. I was just so friggin' embarrassed. But guys were telling me, and my wife told me, so that's pretty cool. I don't know, I get embarrassed with that stuff."
Crystal Boudreau: "That's Bruce; he doesn't believe in showing emotion until the game's over. He's not Ovie, he's not going to sit there and cheer."
Bruce Boudreau: "That's why you don't see me cheer when we score. I want to, but I'm holding myself back. It's a superstition."
Cooke: "Credit to him, he's one of the big reasons why this team's turned it around, and give credit to where credit is due. I mean, obviously this team's a little bit different now than it was when he first got here, but they were still on a great run before the trade deadline, and they were the same team that Hanlon had. And I think his biggest thing was he came in here and instilled confidence in the guys and put them in a situation where they felt like they could be successful. I think the coach wants to deflect the attention back onto the players, and I think that the players want to deflect it back onto the coach. And I think it's a good situation."
Bruce Boudreau: "It's because we're winning. You know, if we lose I'll be pretty unpopular. That's the way coaches are. So I'm not worried about it. It's very nice, and I'm glad they feel that way at this time, so we'll just take it one day at a time."
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