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Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

Posted on: April 19, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 1:50 pm
 

If Bruce Boudreau isn't familiar with a Bronx cheer, he soon will be.

Apparently the Capitals coach doesn't get the aura of Madison Square Garden. In an interview with a Washington radio station, Boudreau shared a few thoughts on the "World's Most Famous Arena." Here's betting he didn't make any friends in New York.

"Its reputation is far better than the actual building," Boudreau said in an interview on the station. "It's nothing. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There's no room for anything. But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous. Our building is a lot louder, too. They can say what they want, but it's not that loud in there."

Did you leave anything out, coach?

Apparently. Here's what he had to say about the Rangers' approach to Caps defenseman Mike Green, who just returned from an absence from concussion.

"It was to the side of the head, and it was a dirty shot. I hope the league looks at it," Boudreau said of a hit in Game 3 from Marc Staal. "That's exactly what we're trying to get out of the league and out of the game. Staal comes in, there's no puck, he takes his arm, he swings it at his head, but it's all forgotten because we score a goal to tie the game up.

"It shouldn't be forgotten and it wasn't the only time they targeted Mike's head."

As if the New Yorkers needed a reason to get more riled up. Just ask Pedro Martinez how it can be after saying anything bad about either New York or its teams.

MSG will surely be as loud as Boudreau has ever heard it before from here on out, especially if the Rangers are able to stay toe-to-toe with the Caps in the series. As for the other charges, well, they might be on target, but that won't matter much to the patrons. If he wants loud, he'll get it.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

your are right about that (the critics won't be silent until the Caps win the cup) and man o' man I can't WAIT to hear the sweet silence.  LOTS of Cap haters out there and we're aware of our past but history will change... wait for it... it's coming.... :)

ROCK THE RED!!!



wait for it.... there it is!!!!  Ahhhh, sweet OT victory!  Here comes the final nail, wait for it... it's coming...


the RED ROCKS!!!

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and there it is!!! Ahhhhh... the smelly garden is laid to rest this year!  The RED DID rock on this day!!!



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:38 am
 

Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

Shhhhhhhhhhh.




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:08 am
 

Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

It's now apparent the Caps are going through the same discord that has dominated the last 3 ploff series. They simply turn any goaltender into an all world one. Bruce can get this team thru the regular season on autopiolit but not only can he Not raise there elvel of play in the playoffs, they go backward.

Do you have any perspective?  Henrik Lundqvist is generally regarded as one of the TOP goaltenders in the world.  If the Rangers could surround him with some better forwards, they'd be very dangerous (just ask and Rangers fan).  Last season Halak played TWO epic series' against two offensive juggernauts and flamed out in exhaustion in the Eastern Conference Finals, he wasn't an all-world goal tender, but goalies go on hot streaks sometimes, they're head cases.  The Caps have faced either bad draws or flukes the last few seasons.  They're bound to get over the hump eventually, it's not like they've been scorched by anyone in the playoffs.





Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:08 am
 

Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

your are right about that (the critics won't be silent until the Caps win the cup) and man o' man I can't WAIT to hear the sweet silence.  LOTS of Cap haters out there and we're aware of our past but history will change... wait for it... it's coming.... :)

ROCK THE RED!!!



wait for it.... there it is!!!!  Ahhhh, sweet OT victory!  Here comes the final nail, wait for it... it's coming...


the RED ROCKS!!!



Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

It's now apparent the Caps are going through the same discord that has dominated the last 3 ploff series. They simply turn any goaltender into an all world one. Bruce can get this team thru the regular season on autopiolit but not only can he Not raise there elvel of play in the playoffs, they go backward.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

Look at what your team is doing to phoenix (a much better team than the rangers)....12 goals, thats exactly how i pictured THIS series going down, that was really my realistic expectation although as a fan I always beleive my team could surprise me a they have so far.

Fair enough.  The Wings are a team in this year's playoffs that certainly back your point that a good team should dominating one that's not as talented.   But I think it's a little different of a situation.   The rumours all over the place that Phoenix might be moving to Winnipeg and the fact the Coyotes sorta snuck up on the Wings a little bit last year and forced them to go a physical 7 games tiring them out a bit for the Sharks series makes what's happening in this series a little more believable.   That all being said I'm still a little surprised its been this easy for the Wings thus far....... hopefully nothing changes tonight and we sweep them :)



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

"This from a fat slob who spent half of HBO's 24/7 with bbq sauce or some such stuff smeared all over the corner of his mouth. Go back and watch it; it's plain as day. He's a pig. That said, I've worked in MSG and it's filthy inside and out, and not particulary loud."

So you completely dismiss everything he says while calling him a fat slob and a pig, but directly after, you go on to agree with it.  If he had a built physique, washboard abs, and a full head of hair, would his SAME EXACT words carry more weight?



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

Awwww...TOO BAD BOO-DRO....IT WAS OK WHEN THAT SCUMBAG STECKLE KNOCKED SID OUT OF THE GAME AND POSSIBLY THE YEAR BUT YOU WHINE WHEN GREEN TAKES A SHOT...CRY ABOUT IT...



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Boudreau doesn't think too highly of MSG

Here are a few thoughts about this situation.

1) Why do people care what Boudreau has to say?  It sounds like a reporter asked him a question and he answered it as bluntly as possible.  Anybody who saw 10 minutes of the 24/7 knows that he likes to swear and stir the pot.  Rangers fans should be thrilled because it is now more likely that the fans will get up and make some noise and it is more likely that the players will try and feed off of the energy.
2) What about MSG is so special?  Because it is in Manhattan?  Other than the early 70's Knicks and the 94 Rangers, when was it so special for sporting events?  If anything it is notorious for being a college basketball hub in a bygone era.  The fact that New York area fans notrious for hubris are on here agreeing about the decrepit state of the building leads me to believe it is kind of crappy.
3) Why are the Capitals regarded as chokers?  In the modern era of hockey (post-lockout) they have now reached the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.  In 08 they lost as a 3 seed who barely made it into the playoffs in 7 ganes to a better Flyers team.  In 09 they lost to the evenutal Stanley Cup champion Penguins (in 7 games) and in 2010 they ran into train Halak who carried the Canadiens past the defending champs Pens as well (again, it took 7 games).  Sounds like they've been unlucky more than anything else.
4) Where does this notion that they have the most talent in hockey come from?  Offensive firepower does not equal talent.  If anything the remind me of Nash's Suns back in their heyday.  Those Suns didn't win a Finals, but had it not been for questionable suspension in 07, they very well may have gotten the title.  People tend to forget that sports, and particuarly the NHL, are unpredictable and games in the playoffs are played so tightly that they basically come down to a matter of inches and luck for the most part.

Boudreau has an outstanding win% as Caps coach, but it is generally accpeted that if he doesn't make a deep run this year that the Capitals may part ways with him.  Besides, sometimes it is good for coaches to stir the pot.  Many of these Rangers fans have to look no further than one of the own (and equally as jolly) head professional coaches, Rex Ryan.


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