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Boudreau's reaction to the too-many-men call

For the second straight game, the Caps were whistled for too-many-men-on-the-ice Friday night, a penalty that's proved deadly across the NHL this month. This one came at the very end of regulation, when Semyon Varlamov tried to leave the net, then saw the puck coming and turned back, leaving Eric Fehr in an uncomfortable purgatory. That turned what would have been a 6-on-5 empty net situation into a 5-on-5 empty net situation, which sort of negates the advantage of the empty net.

Bruce Boudreau, as you can see in the above clip, didn't appear too pleased with his players after the call was made. After the game, though, in a press conference full of clipped and pointed remarks, he didn't spout off about that one.

"[Varlamov] was coming and obviously he saw the puck," Boudreau said. "He didn't see Eric Fehr going on the ice, so he thought he had to get back. And it was probably more of a communication problem than anything else. I mean, you can't blame him."

At least publicly, Boudreau also didn't go crazy about the six-man call in Game 4, when Alex Semin seemed to want off, and again Eric Fehr was caught coming on before a Russian had exited.

"If you look at the play, Semin came to the bench, and was sort of waving for Eric, because Eric was up for him," Boudreau said then. "And Eric went on, assuming that Semin was gonna come off, but then he just stood there. And then the puck came to him, so he decided to keep playing, not knowing that Eric had come on the ice. So it was probably a communication thing at that point that we were yelling at, and he wasn't getting."

This would be a good thing to leave behind in Round 1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 23, 2010; 10:55 PM ET
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Yep, that was my reaction in the bar except with a pool stick.

Posted by: HogsHaven | April 23, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

coach BB , I have been a Caps fan for 30 years and I need to say this to you ,

look you mcgoo looking MF I think your putting my team out there unperpared . You should maybe retire this year on all those lame ass yv commercails you do

Posted by: terryreece | April 24, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Not prepared. No excuses. Wake up!

Posted by: hessone | April 24, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Sorry this is on Bruce. Too man men on the ice too many games in a row. That's on the head coach, who seems to be in well over his head. Is it possible for a Bruce coached team to NOT go down 2 goals in a game/end up in a 7 game series that shouldn't last 7 games in the first place?

Posted by: caps1974 | April 24, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Not sure want you guys think the head coach actually does behind the bench, but he does not have a leash on the players. He tells them who's up next and it's the players responsibility to make a good change. Varly made a bad choice to head back into the play after coming so close to the bench. Semin made a bad choice to play the puck when he shouldntt have. It happens. There have been like 20 too many men penalties called in the playoffs this year.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 25, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Not sure want you guys think the head coach actually does behind the bench, but he does not have a leash on the players...There have been like 20 too many men penalties called in the playoffs this year.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1

And there have been two in two games on the Caps. Engaged coaches make sure this doesn't happen to them TWICE in three nights. Period.

Posted by: caps1974 | April 25, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I agree with dcsportsfan1... he told varly to come off, and with varly coming off he sent fehr on. Varly on his own went back to the net after he saw the puck going towards it. What would you have had BB do in that situation, he obviously didn't want Varly to go back to the net. And Varly should have known better, but reacted in the heat of the moment. Varly played a really solid game, but this one was on him.

Posted by: djnune03 | April 25, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Varly was halfway to the bench before he turned around. Had he not hesitated, stutter stepped, and went back, we would have been fine.

BB tells them when to come off and when to go back. He told Varly to bring it on home. Unless he is in charge of physically lassoing Varly with a rope and dragging him to the bench, there isnt much he can do. The kid should have made a beeline for the bench as he was instructed...

Posted by: KyminDC | April 25, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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