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Bruce Boudreau's Motivational Speech?

Bruce Boudreau has played a variety of motivational cards in the past, from fiery speeches about his own playing career to video montages of movie clips and Caps highlights. I asked him whether he has anything special planned for Game 3.

"No," Boudreau said. "Just play better. There's no tricks right now. It's all about working hard, outworking the opposition and doing things that you're capable of doing."

So does he know what he'll say tonight before the puck drops?

"I've had a couple days to reflect," he said. "I've got an idea. I hope I'm not waiting now to think of what's going on. I know what I'm gonna say."

Just out of curiosity, I asked his players to judge Boudreau as a motivational speaker.

"A great motivator," Brooks Laich said. "He's a guy who's always talking hockey and looking at scenarios and his teams always come prepared. I've never seen Bruce ever be under-prepared; he's always more prepared than the other coach and I think he tries to do the same to his players. I've been with Bruce for three, four years and I've never seen him under-prepared. Ever.

"He does his part; he always does his part. He always prepares his players great, and it's just up to his players to execute. I'm sure if he could still play the game, he would. It's got to be tough for him, because he puts so much work into just watching all the time, but like I said, I've never seen him or any of his teams be under-prepared for a hockey game."

Which doesn't mean that Boudreau has emptied his rhetorical vault in this particular postseason, other players said.

"When it comes to the [right] time, he has some really heartfelt speeches, but he hasn't given us any yet," Eric Fehr said. "Maybe he's saving them. He really knows the game well and he really knows how to motivate players....He talks to us about his career and how he wasn't able to take it up to the next step, and how lucky we are to be here. He uses that as a motivating tool for us."

And then, of course, were the players who said they didn't and shouldn't need a speech to get motivated.

"If you're not motivated when you're down 2-0, playing at MSG, on national TV, for the playoffs, to get yourselves back into the [series]....he doesn't have to say a lot," Brian Pothier said. "He's a good motivator, he says the right things, and he'll do that again tonight, but he shouldn't have to. Just paint the picture."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 20, 2009; 4:44 PM ET
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He may want to take a page from Matt Foley's book. He was quite the motivational speaker.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 20, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Great stuff here, Dan. So nice you posted it twice, I guess. But I kid. I did enjoy it, as I do everything you include on this blog.

Posted by: CDon | April 20, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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