Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau knocked New York Rangers fan down a couple notches during a Monday morning interview on 105.9 The Edge’s Kirk and Mike Show. Boudreau slammed the illustrious Madison Square Garden and its fans in the interview and even called out the Rangers for putting “a dirty shot” on Mike Green.
D.C. Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg transcribed Bruce’s comments in a blog post on Monday morning.
“Well, the one thing, its reputation is far better than the actual building,” the coach said. “I mean, 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. Also, our building’s a lot louder, too. So I mean, they can say what they want, but it’s not that loud in there.”
Surely, New York fans are furious with Washington’s coach for his shots as their beloved MSG and would love to live up to their obnoxious reputation during game four on Wednesday.
Boudreau’s comments shouldn’t surprise or worry any Capitals fan. The Caps coach is known for his snide remarks at opponents and typically the Capitals respond in his favor. Take for instance Bruce’s comments about Tampa Bay’s Steve Stamkos and Steve Downie in which he said they “dive every two seconds.” All Washington did to respond was hang on to first in Southeast with a 2-1 shootout win with Braden Holtby called upon as the emergency goaltender.
Bruce has also provided bulletin board material for the Pittsburgh Penguins this year, calling Matt Cooke dirty after a cheap shot on Alex Ovechkin. The Caps are 3-1 against Pittsburgh this season.
Cooke isn’t the only player Bruce is upset with, the Caps coach said that New York “targeted Mike’s [Green] head” in Sunday’s 3-2 loss. “They target it a few times,” he said according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
The guy’s in a vulnerable position and he hits the head. That’s exactly what we’re trying to get out of the league. And Staal comes in, there’s no puck, he takes his arm, he swings it at [Green’s] head, but it’s all forgotten because we score a goal to tie the game up.
Man. That’s an awful lot of smack talk for Washington to live up to. With a 2-1 lead, a win at the Garden on Wednesday would certainly look good for the Capitals as they look to end the series at home.