Four years ago this week, the Capitals fired Glen Hanlon as their head coach and brought up Bruce Boudreau from Hershey to take over the bench on an interim basis on Thanksgiving Day 2007.
The regular season success and playoff disappointments that have come during Boudreau’s tenure are well documented. When the Capitals began to struggle this season, then lost four straight, culminating with a 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 19, rumors picked up questioning Boudreau’s job security.
But after two consecutive wins this week, it appears pressure on the entire team has abated — at least temporarily.
This time of year brings back memories for the 56-year-old Boudreau. When asked on Thursday if he thinks about when he first made his start as an NHL coach, Boudreau said yes, but admitted he wouldn’t mind getting through the week quickly.
“Oh, believe me. This day I want to come and go now – in a hurry,” Boudreau said.“Obviously it has a special meaning, so I mean I know when it is. I spend a lot of time thinking about it.”