Capitals Insider: Bruce Boudreau


Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 08/10/2011

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau: Alex Ovechkin will take role as captain ‘a step further’ this season

The Capitals coach says he has talked to his star left wing about taking the role of team captain “a step further” to establish “a more serious tone” in the dressing room this season.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:21 PM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 08/09/2011

Coach Bruce Boudreau muses about Capitals’ line combinations for next season

Taking a break to chat during his annual summer hockey camp in Ontario, Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau breaks down the potential line combinations and defensive pairings for next season.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  11:20 AM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau dismisses question about his job security

Capitals Coach calls a question asking if his job is on the line should Washington be swept “stupid.”

By Katie Carrera  |  01:51 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Playoffs

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Bruce Boudreau doesn’t buy Guy Boucher’s ‘David vs Goliath’ comparison for this series

Coach Bruce Boudreau doesn’t buy into Guy Boucher’s comparison of this matchup to David vs. Goliath.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:32 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Capitals rally for a 2-1 overtime win over Islanders in new players' debuts

Perhaps everyone was paying a little extra attention to the Capitals' newest acquisitions Tuesday night at Verizon Center but it was hard not to notice Jason Arnott, Dennis Wideman and Marco Sturm in their Washington debuts. In Arnott's case, a pass out in front to Brooks Laich in the waning...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:32 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, New York Islanders

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Jason Arnott likely to center Alexander Semin, Marco Sturm on Capitals' second line vs. Isles

More to come soon from Jason Arnott and Dennis Wideman, who will both debut for the Capitals tonight against the Islanders along with Marco Sturm. First, though, Coach Bruce Boudreau this morning discussed his contemplation of where to put the new players in the lineup. As has been well documented...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:55 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Jason Arnott

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 02/03/2011

Capitals leaning on penalty kill

Even as the Washington Capitals try to shake free of a goal-scoring rut that's been especially glaring on the power play, they have been able to compensate for that deficiency thanks in part to one of the most potent penalty kills in the league. The Capitals rank second in the...

By Gene Wang  |  08:23 AM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/01/2011

Bruce Boudreau on Dino Ciccarelli

Coach Bruce Boudreau has crossed paths with many players and coaches over the course of his hockey career and he usually has stories to tell about most of them. While he didn't come into too much direct contact with Dino Ciccarelli, whom the Capitals will honor prior to tonight's matchup...

By Katie Carrera  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Bruce Boudreau discusses Capitals' lack of offense, defends David Steckel

For half of Thursday's game against the Islanders, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom looked like their old selves, creating chances off the rush and picking opponents' pockets to gain control of the puck in the neutral zone. While it's definitely a good thing to see both of the Capitals stars...

By Katie Carrera  |  06:59 PM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 01/17/2011

Capitals use many line combinations against the Senators

Coach Bruce Boudreau has altered line combinations throughout the season, between games, during games and sometimes in the middle of a period. On Sunday those groups didn't change once but twice from what they started the contest as Boudreau continues to experiment and look for ways to spark the Capitals'...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:16 AM ET, 01/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 01/16/2011

Michal Neuvirth likely to start against Ottawa

Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't reveal his starting goaltender during his pregame comments, but it appears as though Michal Neuvirth will be in net this afternoon to take on the Senators. Neuvirth made 24 saves on Dec. 19 when the Capitals defeated Ottawa, 3-2, to snap their eight-game losing streak. Neuvirth...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:38 PM ET, 01/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau: Southeast is 'the toughest division in the East right now'

It was only a matter of time before the Capitals would no longer be able to take their division for granted. "Those easy games are not there anymore," Coach Bruce Boudreau said this morning during his regular appearance on 105.9 The Edge. "When the [other] Southeast Division teams lose the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  12:38 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Bruce Boudreau on the Capitals' line combinations

For the start of Saturday's game against Florida, Coach Bruce Boudreau instituted some new line combinations among the forwards. Included among the new alignments was placing Alex Ovechkin on the right side and Alexander Semin on the left, the reverse of their usual spot in the lineup. But by the...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:35 AM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/07/2011

Bruce Boudreau looking to spark Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom

As is always the case with Coach Bruce Boudreau's line tinkering, we'll have to see how long any particular combination lasts -- whether a shift or a game -- but the latest tweaks are an effort to spark the Capitals' star players, particularly Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Ovechkin "and...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 01/04/2011

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau on John Carlson for Calder Trophy, HBO and the Winter Classic

John Carlson and Karl Alzner have been successful shutting down some of the Capitals' toughest opponents, most recently Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-1 Winter Classic victory. In an interview on NHL Live Monday, Coach Bruce Boudreau raved about the young defensive pair. "We had them playing...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  07:39 AM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 12/29/2010

Capitals practice outdoors

Some quick updates from the Capitals' outdoor practice this afternoon at Chevy Chase Club. Even though it was 46 degrees outside and very sunny on the Chevy Chase rink, unlike what the forecasts are calling for in Pittsburgh on New Year's day, the Capitals enjoyed the opportunity to run...

By Katie Carrera  |  03:12 PM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Boudreau on players in scoring slump: 'It's up to them'

Some quick practice updates from KCI: --Bruce Boudreau said it was a maintenance day for Tom Poti, meaning he didn't take part in practice to rest. --Matt Hendricks said he believes he'll be ready to play tomorrow if needed against the Penguins. Boudreau wouldn't tip his hand as to whether...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:21 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Bruce Boudreau's mom not happy with his cursing on HBO's '24/7'

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he opted to not watch HBO's "24/7" series on the Capitals and Penguins last night -- "It's probably one of those things that you'd watch if you're on a 10-game winning streak, but we aren't," he said -- but there was a clip of one of...

By Katie Carrera  |  02:26 PM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 12/16/2010

HBO's '24/7' lets the Capitals see themselves from another perspective

Not all of the Capitals players and staff members watched the first episode of HBO's "24/7" last night -- owner Ted Leonsis and Coach Bruce Boudreau both said they hadn't seen the show -- but for those who did, the sting of seeing some of the worst parts of this...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:35 PM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 12/15/2010

HBO's '24/7' catches Caps at a low point

If you haven't been reminded enough, the first episode of HBO's "24/7 Penguins/Capitals Road to the NHL Winter Classic" will air tonight at 10 p.m. and be replayed immediately after at 11 p.m. So you can watch the Caps-Ducks contest and then settle in for the opening installment of this...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:21 PM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 12/09/2010

Bruce Boudreau on Eric Fehr, scratching players

Tonight's tilt against the Florida Panthers marks the Washington Capitals' 30th game of the season, and Coach Bruce Boudreau said that as long as he has extra healthy forwards, he will no longer be sitting players on a semi-regular basis to keep everyone fresh. Instead, the lineup will be based...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:21 PM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 12/03/2010

More from Bruce Boudreau on coach's challenge

Bruce Boudreau addressed the washed out would-be tying goal from last night's 2-1 loss in Dallas and how he believes a coach's challenge would remedy such situations and help the NHL get more calls right this afternoon at KCI. Here's video of the washed out goal, including several replay angles...

By Katie Carrera  |  03:08 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 12/03/2010

First impressions of Scott Hannan

One of the things Coach Bruce Boudreau said he noticed immediately about trade acquisition Scott Hannan when the veteran defenseman was on the ice in his first game with the Capitals Thursday night in Dallas is that he likes to talk. In addition to showing an ability to quickly pick...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:42 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:28 AM ET, 12/03/2010

Boudreau critical of officiating following loss

I haven't been able to watch any replays of the would-be tying goal that was washed out because Alex Ovechkin was in the crease, but suffice to say that after the Capitals watched the replay immediately after the end of regulation they were left with questions as to why that...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:28 AM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 12/01/2010

Scott Hannan makes his practice debut for Caps

Scott Hannan took part in the typically grueling scratches skate run by the Capitals' assistant coaches during his first day with the team. It's a scenario the veteran defenseman hasn't usually found himself in over recent seasons, as he's missed just two regular season games since the 2008-08 season. But...

By Katie Carrera  |  03:09 PM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Bruce Boudreau: 'Tired is a state of mind'

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he wasn't too concerned with trying to manage the Capitals' minutes tonight in Carolina despite it being the fourth game in six days and Tuesday's tough practice in Raleigh. "I've always said, or thought, that tired is a state of mind," Boudreau said. "The timing [for...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:16 PM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Capitals endure a tough practice, focus on work ethic

Earlier this season Coach Bruce Boudreau termed a practice like one he put the Washington Capitals through Tuesday afternoon at RBC Center a practice without any pucks. There were pucks on the ice for the workout in Raleigh, but they weren't used quite as often as you might see on...

By Katie Carrera  |  06:13 PM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Boudreau talks about the anniversary of his first day with the Capitals

Three years ago on this day, Bruce Boudreau ran his first practice as coach of the Washington Capitals and wondered if the team would even listen to him during drills. Boudreau and the Capitals have undoubtedly come a long way since that day in November of 2007 when Washington held...

By Katie Carrera  |  02:09 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 10/29/2010

In Caps' team meeting, Boudreau preaches consistency

Rather than put the team through a grueling practice this afternoon at the Saddledome, which wouldn't have been all that surprising had it happened, Coach Bruce Boudreau opted to call the Capitals in for a lengthy team meeting. They watched film and, as Karl Alzner said, saw "how ugly that...

By Katie Carrera  |  05:33 PM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/25/2010

Live video chat with Coach Bruce Boudreau: Today, 12:30 p.m.

"Ask away!" (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Here's your friendly reminder about today's live video chat with Washington Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau. If you haven't already, you can submit questions here and then return to that same page for the chat at 12:30 p.m. Boudreau will take your questions about the...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 10/14/2010

Boudreau: John Carlson will be great, but 'he's not there' yet

John McDonnell/The Washington Post After acknowledging that defenseman John Carlson didn't have his strongest game against the Islanders last night, Coach Bruce Boudreau spoke more about the developing 20-year-old after Thursday's skate. For all that's expected of him, it's often easy to forget that he's still a rookie assimilating to...

By Katie Carrera  |  02:28 PM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Boudreau shuffles lines in Tuesday practice

There were a few changes to the Capitals' line combinations at practice Tuesday morning. Chief among them was that Nicklas Backstrom was skating alongside Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin on the second line while Tomas Fleischmann centered Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble on the first. As we know and have...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/07/2010

Boudreau: Michal Neuvirth could play first three games

Semyon Varlamov told CSN's Corey Masisak that it is a groin injury that has sidelined him for the past week and a half and was why the Capitals ultimately chose to put the goaltender on injured reserve for the start of the season. Varlamov only rejoined his teammates in practice...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:48 PM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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