Flyers Coach on Boudreau's Comments
Bruce Boudreau has had plenty to say about the Flyers in recent weeks, so it seemed only fair to give Philly coach John Stevens a chance to respond. I swung by Philly's optional morning skate this morning, and was there for Stevens's remarks to a small gathering of media. You could probably accuse us of baiting him into a response, so here's the full text of the Boudreau-related questions.
And let's be honest, having both the Cavs and the Flyers in this building within a three-day span isn't bad for ratings.
John, Boudreau apparently advised his club about how, in his words, you guys "piled it on" last time. Do you talk to your team before the game tonight about that last game, and knowing that they're out for bear in this game because of what happened?
Well, when aren't they out for bear? We don't need any more motivation than the fact that we pull a Flyers jersey on, to be honest with you. We thought last game they would come out hard, and they did, because we ended their season the year before. And now they've got a record that speaks for itself at home, they're a very good team at home. And Ovechkin's been extremely hot, and they're playing well right now. So I'm sure the fact that we beat them the way we did last time, and the fact that we ended their season last year will serve as motivation for them. You know, there's no question we're gonna have to come out here ready to play.
This is what he actually said, 'They were probably bummed out that their tough guy got beat up twice, so they started coming after our guys.'
Who said that?
Bruce said that.
Bruce, he shouldn't speak about tough guys. You know, Riley Cote's one of the toughest guys in the league, and there's not many guys who would take on Brashear two times in a hockey game. So I have nothing but respect for Donald Brashear and I've got nothing but respect for Riley Cote. They're both tough guys and they deserve a lot of credit for the job that they do.
Boudreau also said what goes around comes around, he thought that you guys piled it on....
You know what, you guys can take this Boudreau stuff and you guys can take it somewhere else. I'm not getting drawn into any tit-for-tat stuff. I mean, I don't know where this is going. Bruce, he coaches the Washington Capitals. I don't care what he says. I've got my team to get ready here. This is obviously an important game, it's a hard game, and I don't care what he said, to be honest with you. He can say what he wants. Our team plays the way we play; we're a stand-up, honest hockey team. And he can save that stuff for the media outside of me, because I don't really care to hear it.
Boudreau, this AM, was typically restrained.
"They've got a lot of injuries on their team," Boudreau said. "That's what the newspapers keep saying. But they're not talking how many injuries we had when we played them. Poor Philly."
More from Flyers players in a bit. Video from both coaches below.
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