If Bruce Boudreau was hoping to endear himself to Rangers fans during this break in the Caps’ first-round series, he chose an odd way to do it. Here’s Boudreau, when asked to talk about Madison Square Garden during a Monday morning appearance on 105.9 The Edge’s Kirk and Mike Show.
“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.”
Not that loud in there, eh? This is the kind of quote opposing game-ops people put on scoreboards in an attempt to make home fans delirious and particularly mouthy. My own experience in MSG is that the noise is pretty intense — especially during the National Anthem — but that the in-game profanity is the most memorable part of a Rangers game.
Speaking of profanity, Boudreau appeared to curse at the refs at least once on Sunday, and his in-game interview with NBC was fairly pointed. He was a lot less exercised when asked about the officiating Monday morning.
“During the playoffs you have a supervisor at every game, so if you have a complaint or something that you want to lodge, you talk to the supervisor and then he’ll talk to the referees and he’ll talk to the powers that be,” Boudreau explained. “But the trick about that is it’s usually closing the door and the horse has left the barn, it’s an over-and-done fact, because the referees are different every game in the first series. . . . So what they do is they can warn the other guys that this is what the other team’s talking about and look out for it, but that’s pretty well what you can do. I mean, the refs are very serious about this too, this is their playoffs too, their Stanley Cup, so they don’t want to make any mistakes. But it happens.”
In one final nugget, Boudreau was asked about the criticism — voiced several times during NBC’s Sunday broadcast — of Michal Neuvirth for staying too far inside his net and not helping out his defensemen enough.
“Well, Neuvirth’s allowed four goals in over three games, three games and a period,” Boudreau said. “Whatever he’s doing, I don’t want him to stop doing it. Unless it was Darren Pang [talking], who was a goaltender, Eddie Olczyk was never a goaltender, and I know Doc Emrick was never a goaltender. So I would much prefer to listen to what Arturs Irbe has to say, and he has not brought that up as a problem. So I’ve got to believe that what he was doing was a good thing.”