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This is something I pondered over at RLD Hockey today.
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Is it Time for Boudreau to Go?
By Patrick Hoffman
Another year, another postseason in which the Washington Capitals do not advance past the second round. This has been the common theme for the Capitals under Head Coach Bruce Boudreau, and a theme that needs to stop if they want to have any chance of playing deep into May and early June.
For that to happen, Capitals GM George McPhee must make the difficult decision of letting Boudreau go.
Yes, Boudreau helped put the Capitals back on the map in the 2007-08 season. Yes, Boudreau helped this team to a Presidents’ Trophy one season ago. Yes, the Capitals made the playoffs every year under Boudreau’s tenure.
If you were watching the game, you could see that the Washington Capitals were poised to beat the New York Rangers this afternoon and move onto the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Capitals put plenty of pucks on net, forechecked hard, blocked a lot of shots and showed just how different a team they are in beating the Rangers 3-0 to win the series. This team can not only score timely goals, but they know how to play defense and a lot of credit needs to be thrown towards Capitals’ head coach Bruce Boudreau.
With that said, it is an unfortunate ending for the Blueshirts. The team got a terrific effort from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist once again but unfortunately, were not able to do much up front.
It will certainly be tough to swallow given the opportunity the Rangers had to win Games 1 and 4, both of which they lost in overtime. Like I mentioned in my blog earlier today, this series could have been much different had the Blueshirts won those games.
This is exactly what New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said prior to Game 3 against their First Round playoff opponent, the Washington Capitals. At the time, the Blueshirts were down 2-0 in the series.
Fast forward to today and the tide has turned a bit as the Rangers find themselves down 2-1 with a chance to tie the series. Should the Rangers do that, it will be a whole new series and the Capitals will more than likely start to feel the pressure.
With that said, the Rangers obviously need to win first. To do that, the team will need to continue to neutralize Alexander Ovechkin while also keeping others like Alex Semin, Mike Knuble, Nicklas Backstrom, etc. quiet as well.
While the Rangers have not been able to put the puck in the net a lot this series (4 goals in three games), the Capitals haven’t been exactly lighting thr lamp either having scored just 6 goals on Lundqvist. As I mentioned in a previous blog, Lundqvist has not had to be the focal point of this series. The team’s defense has made sure of that.
From Ken Campbell at TheHockeyNews.com:
But really, is anyone outside the metropolitan New York area even hoping the Rangers win this thing? After all, which would you rather watch in the second round – a slow, plodding, old team with a brilliant goaltender or a dynamic young team with the most explosive talent in the game today? Would you rather watch Ovechkin weave his magic and be a dangerous player every time he steps on the ice or watch Sean Avery be a menace to himself, his opponents and his own team every time he gets out there? Would you rather see a guy such as Bruce Boudreau have some success, or would you like to watch John Tortorella scowl his way through another round and do things that embarrass and hurt his organization?
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