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Capitals: HBO's '24/7' shows what ails team isn't Coach Bruce Boudreau

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau had plenty to say Wednesday night in the opening installment of HBO's
Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau had plenty to say Wednesday night in the opening installment of HBO's "24/7" series about the Caps and Penguins. (Jonathan Newton/the Washington Post)
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By Mike Wise
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 16, 2010; 11:51 PM

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If you're standing next to me in the snow today, just duck, because what I'm about to say is going to rankle the red more than it will rock them:

Leave Gabby alone.

That's right. Let Coach Bruce "Bleepin' " Boudreau be.

This seven-game abyss the Washington Capitals have fallen into is hardly his fault.

No. There is a much bigger, wealthier target responsible for the current malaise in Ballston: HBO.

Yep. Ross Greenburg, Mr. Big Cheese at HBO Sports, and his big-city cable operation show up with their high-fallutin' cameras and their Higher Power-voiced narrator.

So, in drumming up interest for the Winter Classic on New Year's Day at Heinz Field between the bitter Eastern Conference rivals, they film the obvious angle and the combatants play along:

Three-time, Angelic Stanley Cup Champions from Steel City, all of whom presumably sit on Santa's lap and ask for world peace (while trying to court his blonde helpers) vs. . . . an Endorsement-Driven, Flamboyant Russian. Missing a tooth. Missing the net. Missing everything.

Oh, and his full-figured, St. Nick coach, whose first intermission speeches feature more F-bombs than a Mel Gibson voicemail.

This "24/7" Caps-Pens propaganda is so one-sided, Fox News and MSNBC even would have turned it down. Back in the day, TASS would have told the Kremlin, "Nyet, the people will not believe it. "


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