“You guys have been asking me that,” Boudreau said hours before his team attempted to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “Is your job on the line? . . . I don’t want to answer that. Stupid question. Stupid.”
He's asked the question about 2 minutes, 15 seconds into the news conference:
It’s not like this is the first time somebody in the sports media went to Boudreau with that line of questioning. Boudreau was also asked in the midst of a nine-game skid this season and he had a similar reaction.
"I don't think about it at all," Boudreau said in December . "It is what it is. We have a great group. I'm not even going to answer such a dumb question."
If only his star players were as dependable.
As we mentioned last night , Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and most of the Caps players have been ghosts this round. Alex Ovechkin, who had a point and an assist in Game 3, tried to do it all on his own, never a good idea, but can you blame him? Nobody else has stepped up for the Caps for more than a period at a time this round.
And it appears the Caps will have to contest this elimination game minus their top defenseman. Mike Green, who left Game 3 in the third period for what Boudreau described as a lower-body injury, is questionable (at best) for Game 4. Boudreau refused to talk about his status earlier today.
These are again frustrating times in the Washington region and Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis wrote on his blog that he received 60 e-mails overnight:
I appreciate it.
We have a game to play this evening, a unique back-to-back game. A win is a must have deliverable for us under very difficult circumstances.
I, too, am disappointed that we lost two leads last night. Every game is close and we didn’t close out that game and take a win and the momentum back in the series. I am sorry.
We have a lot of work to do.
It is best that we focus on the game tonight. Keep sending good vibes our way. We need the help. Go Caps!
If those good vibes don’t result in four consecutive wins, Leonsis -- one of the more patient owners in sports -- would be the one to lead a makeover of the organization, or at least the front office and, in turn, the coaching staff. As you can tell by the comments at the end of his post, it would be met with approval by most.
-- A.J. Perez