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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 6, 2009; 12:31 PM ET
Categories:  Caps  
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If you have hate in your heart, let it out.

Posted by: ThisGuy | January 6, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"...there's not many guys who would take on Brashear two times in a hockey game."

Most aren't that dumb.

Posted by: noptov | January 6, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"...and there's not many guys who would take on Brashear two times in a hockey game." he should have added, "..after getting schooled the first time."

see orr, colton

ps. a "stand-up, honest hockey team" wouldn't slash a guy in the back of the leg or have their top line out at the end of a 7-1 game.

sounds like bruce is in stevens's that bald man!

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | January 6, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

May as well add that Brash will be looking for Cote early on in order to set things right on the Cap's manhood meter after Saturday's Rangers fiasco with Clark (1 punch KO), Nylander (ate the Gomez sucker punch and just kinda whined about it), and Semin (bongos, bling, and pink undergarment). Even if we did, you know, actually win that game...

Posted by: jhorstma | January 6, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I've never had much for the piling on argument. You know what? If we didn't want to get beat down 7-1 than we shouldn't have, but the Caps are professionals and sometimes it happens. Don't think that if the Caps have a chance to hang 8 tonight that we'd lay back - regardless of what happened before or happens after this game. I don't begrudge the Flyers for embarassing us in their building. That doesn't mean I don't dislike that organization but you take your lumps and move along.

Posted by: saintex | January 6, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

OH i can't wait for this game.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | January 6, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

man I can't wait for tonight

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 6, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I see this game as game 8 of the playoff series last april or a redo of game 7. We'll see what our boys are made up of. I predict a bloody brawl at the end of the game, no matter who wins. Verizon Center needs to be louder tonight than it ever was. Ever.

Posted by: Andoy | January 6, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: sargeantmofo | January 6, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"Our team plays the way we play; we're a stand-up, honest hockey team."

Really? It's one thing to not care what another coach says but it's another thing to be in complete denial of the style of play the Flyers have exhibited. I guess sprearing, running the goalie and hacking at people are considered stand-up hockey in Philly. What a joke.

Posted by: Moose33 | January 6, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

jhorstma - are you a rangers fan you nit wit?

2-1 dummy.

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 6, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

One can always count on the media to try to stir things up.

Posted by: poguesmahone | January 6, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Bruce comes off as a whiner here frankly. Piling it on ? Boo hoo. This is the pros. Hershey goes out and beats teams 7 zip or 8 to 1, no one's crying about them piling it on. Bruce would pile it on himself. As for making fun of Riley Cote getting beat up, thats a low blow. Cote had the guts to do it twice in one game, he usually wins most of his fights anyway and he's been given credit all across the league as being a very honest tough guy. Georges Laraque in his recent blog voted Riley Cote the toughest pound for pound fighter in the Eastern Conference. That's hefty praise. Unless Bruce is willing to go toe to toe with Brashear, theres no reason for him to disparage another player for doing it.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 6, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Now even the reporters have jumped the Caps bandwagon. Everyone loves a (regular season) winner!

Posted by: jvgranquist | January 6, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@ cstanton1

1) there is no BCS ranking in the NHL, so beating a team 5-1 or 7-1 makes no difference. I think, and I guess BB agrees, that good sportsment are respectful of their opponents and take their foot off the gas when a game has clearly been won. it is not a matter of the final score, it is how you are playing when the game is no longer in question. Putting your top PP unit out in the final few minutes of a blowout is clearly a F*CK YOU move by Stevens. BB is just being honest and trying to fire up Caps fans and players.

Posted by: CaliCapsFan | January 6, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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