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Boudreau Stays the Course, Richards Says "Maybe Dirty"

Ovechkin stays the course. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

So Bruce Boudreau tonight revealed his answer to Jim Zorn's incessant calls to "Stay Medium." Boudreau goes with the fairly similar but possibly less weird "Stay the Course."

"All the time, all the time," Boudreau told me, concerning his "Stay the Course" deployment. "I've said it for a long time. I must have picked it up somewhere. When you're around this long, you pick stuff up everywhere."

Of course, Zorn's "Stay Medium" became a bad punchline after the ultimate mediumness of 8-8, but it's hard to come up with a similar downside to Stay the Course. Boudreau dropped his latest "Stay the Course" after he was asked whether he addressed the Philly rivalry in his pre-game remarks Tuesday night.

"Didn't say anything about it, actually," he said. "Didn't say anything about anything. Enough has been said about the war between Philly and Washington. And we thought this was a business day, we wanted to be like machines and go out there and do what we're capable of doing."

Russian machine never breaks, after all. Still, someone (ahem) asked Boudreau what he meant by being like machines.

"I meant doing everything properly without going in and doing ad-libbing," he said. "Let's just play, and no matter what happens negatively, let's not let it worry us, and let's just keep pushing forward. We call it Staying the Course no matter what happens, and I thought we were successful at it."

Has he used this with the press before? Well sure, on the eve of Game 1 last spring.

"Our goal was always to go further, not just to make the playoffs," Boudreau said then. "We haven't achieved what we want. Until we do, we'll just Stay the Course."

And again, following that Game 6 rally in the same series.

"I kept saying to myself, 'Stay the Course, Stay the Course,' just keep pushing," said Boudreau, according to the Canwest News Service.

And with Hershey, in 2006: "Once we weathered that storm, I thought, 'Stay the Course,' and if we could get that first goal we'd be in the game," he said, according to the Patriot News.

And again with Hershey, in 2007: "We've got a lot of guys who have a history of scoring goals. We've got to just Stay the Course," he said, according to the Lebanon Daily News.

So yeah, you can go ahead and put "Stay the Course" on your t-shirts, though like I said, it doesn't quite sing the way "Stay Medium" does.

(As for the nine-game home winning streak, their sixth straight sellout, and their 18-1-1 home mark, "I've been doing this for 33 years professionally and I've never been on a team that's gone through 20 games and only lost one on home ice," Boudreau said. "So when you've got the support that we're getting, which is probably unprecedented in this area, from my memories anyway, you get a defiance and a determination every time you step on the ice at home. So it's a pretty cool feeling to have.")

And as for "dirty," well, the media jackals are going to love this one (guilty). Mike Richards had this to say about Alex Ovechkin's play on Tuesday: "We knew he was gonna be running around a bit with maybe some dirty hits, but we shrugged those off, we played hard against him and we didn't give him too much."

A reporter followed up with a question about Ovechkin's run at Jeff Carter; "Well, he jumped at him," Richards said. "I mean, how many times is he gonna have to do that before he hurts somebody? And then you don't even get a call against it. I mean, if he hits him there, next thing you know the guy's knocked out, head shot, the guy's hurt. So I thought it would have been a penalty. But apparently not."

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 6, 2009; 11:39 PM ET
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Richards crying? No way he never does that :) I keep waiting for his balls to drop but year after year he just proves himself to be nothing but a little crybaby. Maybe next year Mikey!!!

Posted by: mdknewbie | January 6, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

"Stay the Course" was the 1984 Reagan re-election slogan, if I recall correctly. I was 10 at the time :)

Mike Richards is a giant feminine cleansing product.

Posted by: gocaps2 | January 7, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Did Boudreau also say that the Caps played like "a thousand points of light"?

Posted by: MaxWass | January 7, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Ohhh poor Richards...what a baby, I'm sure he has no problem when Steve Downie was cheap shotting any and everybody on opposing teams and when Briere is spearing players. Canadians are the biggest wusses and hypocrites ever, just look at all the so called captains and their incessant complaining on and off the ice, Crosby and Richards included...

Posted by: bryan579 | January 7, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Well, coming from this Caps fan Richards has every righ tto make that statement about that particular attempted hit. Ovechkin hurled himself at Carter, leaping off the ice in a spear-like fashion in an attempt to rail Carter. And if he had connected with Carter it definitely would have been a penalty and it definitely would have been a dirty hit. Instead he missed Carter and hit, and subsequently injured, his fellow teammate Chris Clark, who didn't return to the game after absorbing the blow the the missed hit. It may be sacrilegious for a Caps fan to say this, but AO gets a little nastier with each passing day and he's beginning to worry me (that he's turning into the dirty player he's starting to be accused of being).

Posted by: JBrooke4 | January 7, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, Richards is blowing off steam from the loss. I don't know if anyone else noticed, but he smashed his stick on the bench after Theodore saved the last shot. I think he just spun some BS, like typical Philly athletes do, to make himself feel better. I remember several "cheap" shots that Richards, Upshaw, and Hartnell had on Huet and other Caps during the post-season last year. Richards, please stop being a panzy and play hockey.

Posted by: Bongos | January 7, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse


Either you a Flyers/Pens fan pretending to be a Caps fan or you are taking to heart the whining of the Pens fans about Malkin.
Why dont you put together a YouTube collage of all the so called dirty hits by Ovy and then link us? Ovy averages 5 hits a game, it shouldnt be hard for you to do, unless of course you are just focusing on one or two hits out of dozens.
Ovy is a big guy and hits hard. Smaller guys often duck instead of bracing for the hit. It happens. At least Ovy doenst hit guys below the belt or has to pull their jersey over their head to fight them. Right?
Philly complaining about dirty hits LOL. Whats next, Sean Avery complaining about trash talk?

Posted by: OustedSoul | January 7, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

What league does Mike Richards think he's in, the WNBA? Man up or put on a skirt. You're not a punter in the NFL and you sure as hell don't look like a figure skater.

Posted by: iishoagie07 | January 7, 2009 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Wow, way to stay classy there Mike. Talk about a "dirty hit". Ovy certainly wasn't trying to injure anyone when he made the hit on Heward. It was a bad set of circumstance that led to Jamie's head being down when Alex hit him.

Of course, this guy's on a team that employs a punk who slashes guys after the whistle. Ashram(sp?) is lucky he was hurt tonight or he would have been plastered all game.

Posted by: EricS2 | January 7, 2009 5:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow and I thought the crybaby on the team was bad! Richards...have you taken a few pointers from ex-Eagles player T.O.? He always likes to point the finger at anyone but himself for a loss! I guess you have to be a crying little girl to be a captain in PA!

Posted by: NatyBG | January 7, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Steinbergstein, now that the skins season is over and they have once again proved their suckatude, you've decided to cover the caps? us fans, who have been here the whole time don't need you. You and kornhole(who made an unwelcome appearance at the game tonight)can keep your Caps lips service to yourself. take your lame musings and apply them elsewhere. You proved your irrelevance when you failed to cover this team (with very few of exceptions, i.e. a random Alzner story back in Nov.) as they ascended to the top of the eastern standings over the course of 3 seasons. feel free to correct me with links to your blog entries that prove the contrary. I'm all for expanded coverage of the caps, but i have to call you out here. Tarik has been on the beat, kicking' a$$, for several years now. The caps blog roll is very large. Don’t think you'll be accepted because you finally decided to pay attention. Caps fans are much smarter than that. Until you can provide some insight that we're missing, you'll just be another MSM site that doesn't get it.

Posted by: dave20852 | January 7, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Dave...a little harsh, eh?

Except Dan does ALL sports. This is no one-trick pony. It doesn't seem to me like he's "claiming" the Caps. He's simply reporting. The Caps are the most significant and interesting story in DC right now so why wouldn't that warrant coverage? I'll chalk up your grumpiness to either a hangover or insecurity, like when everyone in school realizes your girlfriend is kinda hot and you're the nerd who knows it's just a matter of time until she moves on and you don't matter to her anymore. Either way, stop posting here.

Posted by: fushezzi | January 7, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Dave, you have obviously missed the point of the bog. He's not a beat writer and never tried or claimed to be. He goes to local sporting events and takes pictures of quirky things and points out random occurences. In case you didn't notice, DC is a football town. Obviously, he should focus on the Redskins. He's doing his job, whether you want him to or not. You apparently must really suck at life to feel the need to 'call him out.'

Posted by: tkelly29 | January 7, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Hey Dave, thanks for writing in. Since I just jumped in this week, and since I'm sure you're not the only person thinking that....

Tarik is definitely the king. But, as the Caps beat writer, he's paid to cover the Caps. It would be odd if he decided he was no longer going to do that.

Me, I get paid to write about all the local teams, but especially whichever team has the most current interest. I see our Web traffic numbers, and I can tell you that since August, that's been the Redskins, although the Caps have made a huge surge recently. My plan was always to move over to the Bullets and Caps once NFL season ended, but for obvious reasons, it's gonna be more Caps than Bullets.

If you're angry at The Post for only employing one full-time hockey writer, and you want to express your anger by only reading Tarik's stuff, that's fine. But just FYI, over the next weeks you're gonna start to see lots of other Post employees joining the Caps coverage team, the same way immigration reporters and sports reporters and dozens of other folks got added to the politics crew during the election.

For my history with Caps items, click on the "Caps" category on the left. There was lots in the fall of 2006, and then some last Spring, and not much else.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | January 7, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

when i saw OV go after carter i immediately thought "wow, he left his feet on that one". had he connected,i'm thinking a charging call could have been warranted. i dont think OV is a dirty player by any means (for example, he doesnt two-hand players in the back of the leg like the flyers did to brash) but he needs to stop trying for the knockout hit like that. i dont care if he hurts another guy, i'm worried about him hurting himself of opening himself up for a hit from someone other teams tomato can.

ps. OV's hit on the flyers guy (47 i think) in the corner was a beauty. you could see him line the guy up a the face off dot and cleaned him out in the corner.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | January 7, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Shocking. The Flyers are complaining about nasty hits. This coming from the team who's strategy in the playoffs was to spear, run into goalies, and take plenty of cheap shots themselves.

Bunch of skirt wearing wimps. They can dish it out but they whine when someone does it to them.

Posted by: jollyroger2 | January 7, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse


Seriously dude -- take a chill. The more Caps stuff the better, even if it's not coming from traditionally "Caps-oriented people." How do you think that we grow the sport in this town anyway? By FIGHTING newfound popularity? C'mon.

Posted by: MarylanDChris | January 7, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Dear dave20852,

So the Redskins went a mediocre 8-8 while the Caps are red hot, and yet, 9 out of 10 Washington sports fans would still rather read a story musing about the possibility the Redskins might overspend to get Albert Haynesworth rather than a story saying the Caps won the Stanley Cup. What's the matter, Dave? Having trouble accepting that second-fiddle status?

That being said, Let's Go Caps!

Posted by: davekempson | January 7, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we can get some more stories about Redskins players attending Caps games then everyone will be happy.

Who was that guy on the Wiz who hadn't even heard of Ovechkin last year? I've forgotten his name, but I bet he now knows OV.

Posted by: stormblue | January 7, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Jeff Carter is a whiner, probably as bad as Scotty Upshall. OV "jumped" because Chris Clark was in his path and he didn't want to full body lay out a team mate. It happened right in front of the Flyers bench, they saw it first hand. Speaking of someone jumping to deliver a check didn't anyone notice Simone Gagne literally leave his feet and launch his body at Mike Green who had already gotten rid of the puck, but was still being held against the boards behind Theodore when Gagne decided to jump at him. Now the Flyers of old would not have complained. The hold up during the shootout was rediculous too. Biron obviously demanded the ice be zammed again, and Richards (I believe) complained just before he shot. Then when he was stopped he had that smug grin on his face like Theodore was lucky. Theodore owned him and he shot it right at Theo's left leg. Richards seems like an arrogant punk that really needs to be taken down a peg.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 7, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Good game last night. With all those injuries for the Flyers and as well as the caps have been playing at home, that's definitely a win for the Flyers in my book.

Concerning the Ovechkin miss-hit and injury of his teammate: that's the downside of reckless charging. The big open-ice hit is great, but you risk missing, injuring yourself, or setting yourself up for a big hit in return. That's just Ovechkin's style, and you can't fault him for it. At the same time, Richards is just sticking up for a teammate (you can bet he wouldn't have complained if Ovechkin had taken the run at him instead).

Posted by: Philly1981 | January 7, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin has been a dirty player since he came into the league. He's a gunner that tries to peek-a-boo hit people why they are not looking or else he gets sent flying backwards. He jumped so high and never even looked at Carter, who was too fast, that he let the puck go right between his legs. Where you idiots come up with Richards as one who cries is amazing, Ovechkin deserves no respect after his obvious dive in the playoffs last year, and you'll hear that out of the mouths of NHL players if you listen to anything but Washinton DC radio.

Posted by: rjmagee10 | January 7, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

It's hilarious to see a Flyers player and a Canadian whine about hitting. When the Russians don't hit you call them p*ssies, when they do you call them dirty and whine about it. Ovechkin simply plays like a Canadian.

It's the same thing with international competitions. Canadians always run around trying to hurt people in every single game, but as soon as someone does it to them it's whine, whine, and whine some more.

The WJC final is a great example. Canada ran Sweden's goalie Markstrom all game long, but the TSN homers were incensed about his "diving". Yes, he embellished the contact, but there should not be any contact with a goalie and if the Swedes did that to Tokarski we wouldn't hear the end of Canadian whining about the dirty Swedes.

When it comes to the physical part of the game Canadians are the biggest of hypocrites.

Posted by: ranndino | January 7, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@ rjmagee10

Ovechkin is the best hitter in the game and his hits are clean. That is actually what you'd hear from NHL players if you didn't have your head so deep up your behind (just read Jamie Heward's comments). He hit people when they're not looking? Is he supposed to send them a warning email first? Everyone tries to hit people when they're not looking. He's just better at it than others. Also, if you were actually not an idiot and had some objectivity you'd see that Ovechkin almost never gets sent flying backwards. That's actually what happens to players who come to try and hit him. Kozlov's comments about him are right on. He's strong as a rock and very aware. When others come to hit him they usually get the worst of it. It's not like people don't try to hit Ovechkin.

Finally, all you Ovechkin haters are just jealous that he doesn't play for your team. It's more than obvious. In your case, had he been a Flyer you would absolutely adore him.

You are the one who deserves no respect for being a completely one sided moron. Ovechkin is the leagues best player. Best scorer, most exciting, best hitter and a great guy to boot. It's sad that there are idiots like you who are dumb enough that they can't admit reality.

All the awards he got last season speak for themselves. Especially the Pearson award. That one says all you need to know about what other players think of him. THEY named him the BEST PLAYER IN THE NHL last season.

Posted by: ranndino | January 7, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Also, if you want to take a look at a really dirty player, a diver extraordinaire and someone who deserves no respect look at your #9 Scott Upshall. There's the guy who does nasty stuff when the ref isn't looking and can teach acting lessons to Robert DeNiro.

Posted by: ranndino | January 7, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

One more after watching a Youtube video of the attempted hit taken from the Flyers telecast. BTW, I can see why all the Flyers fans are going crazy. The Philly commentators misrepresented what actually happened.

If you actually watch the video more carefully you'd see that Ovechkin DOES NOT leave his feet. I thought so too when I saw it during the game and I'm sure tons of idiots will say that he has head hunting, but he only leaves his feet after missing Carter to try and avoid hitting his teammate.

Posted by: ranndino | January 7, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

He left his feet a bit but some of that was his momentum. Some of that was his style.
to say that OV is bigger and thats why it looked like he went at his head..well Carter is 6-2 OV is 6-2.

Im a DC sports fan but sometimes fellow Caps fans really irk me in the respect that some have a holier than thou attitude. Honestly, the majority of the game was played clean and to say..Canadian hockey players are whiners..we do have Canadians on the team, remember that and remember we arent the soviet red army team. russian and other euro players have a rep of playing soft when it matters..which in hockey.its the playoffs

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | January 7, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It's hilarious seeing Richards whine about the refs not calling a penalty on a play in which no one on the Flyers was actually touched. Ovechkin glided into the hit, and didn't even leave his feet until Carter was past him. Apparently Richards wishes hockey was more like figure skating, and is learning how to be a Captain from the one on the other side of Pennsylvania.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | January 7, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Watch the clip on youtube. Slow it down. He never leaves his feet and is gliding into the hit for the last 15 feet (as flyersucks pointed out). He only left his feet after he had gone by the play, hit clarks stick, and was flung into the air. But keep on crying Richards...

Posted by: MCBT | January 7, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Flyers complaining about headshots reminds me of Bush talking about terrorism.

Somebody needs to write an article, supported by video clips, in defense of Ovechkin's checking style. I will admit that I've seen him leave his feet once or twice, but I truly don't believe that was his intention at the time. The way his upper body explodes into the opponent, combined with his lowering of his central body mass by bending his knees before the hit causes many to "see" him leave his feet, but this simply is not the case.

Anyone who checks a lot will eventually get an elbow up, leave his feet, or hit someone who has their back turned. What you want to look for is a pattern of the will to injure, which simply is not present..

other than any injury that may occur from his shoulder ramming into your body and from the resulting fall.

Posted by: notfadeaway | January 7, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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