Boudreau discusses Matt Bradley's stolen fight
When Matt Bradley was preparing to play for Canada in the 1997 World Junior Hockey Championships, the Ottawa Citizen wrote a little profile of the young winger from Stittsville.
"Some scouts, however, rate him as skilled but 'soft,' -- a player needing to be more aggressive or more physical on the ice," the paper wrote.
Which is interesting, because Bradley's reputation no longer seems to be "skilled but soft." I mentioned the other day how he "stole" Alex Ovechkin's fight, a move that earned plaudits from Caps fans, scorn from Lightning supporters and praise from Red Wings forward Brad May.
Bruce Boudreau also liked it. He discussed the incident on Thursday's Mike Wise Show, saying Bradley acted on his own.
"You know what, it was all Brads," Boudreau said. "He gets all the credit, because he looked up at me and he says 'Put me on the ice next, because I've no doubt he's gonna go after Alex when he gets [out],' and he knew that. I mean, it's just a feeling. Sometimes I'm not thinking, I'm thinking who's up, blah blah blah. And so he knew and he was waiting and he was yelling at Eric [Fehr] to get off the ice because he knew Downie was gonna go after Alex. So when he did, even though it was sort of a little later than we were hoping that it would happen, he rushed over there to his aid. I mean, Brads knows his job, and this is what makes him such a valuable member of this team and such a great teammate....We want to stand up for each other all the time. And we may not have the toughest team in the league physically, but if we stand up, strength in numbers, we're not gonna get beaten up."
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