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Remembering Boudreau's time in Cap-Town

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Remembering Boudreau's time in Cap-Town

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

After being railed by media and sports pundits galore for having a high octane with zero defense mentality, only to be booted ear on from the Stanley Cup playoffs , (former) Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau tried preaching a more defensive mentality. It worked for Boston, right?

Sadly, when your captain and star attraction is a Russian scoring czar, that mentality doesnt always play well. Still, the Caps started off 7-0 only to completely unravel like Hermain Cains presidential bid. And now hes done, joining thousands of others in the unemployment line.

And though hell definitely get a job elsewhere, well miss Boudreaus time with Washington.

Well miss his subpar locker room speeches where he drops 15 f-bombs in a minute and a half.

Note: NSFW for his salty language

Super awkward pep-speech, Batman. Its no wonder why his team gave up on him.

Sticking with the Pens-Caps 247 series, well miss the interviews in which good ol Bruce forgot to wipe his face with a wetnap.

Well miss his ugh uncanny birdcall talent

and whatever this is

We fear to ask what the ponys role was in Bruces party. Someone call PETA.

Well miss Bruces keen ability to insult his star forward and captain by benching him and putting in another player as the sixth skater.

Sure the ploy worked and Ovechkin deserved to ride the pine. But in Washington you cant let good ideas that work get in the way of Russian superegos. Alas, this beautiful piece of strategy was the beginning of the end for Boudreau.

Well miss the No Cups jokes.

OK, those will continue. We just wanted to use that picture.

But at least Boudreaus demise means the Internet gave us this.

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

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Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.

 

Kyrie goes back to the mask tonight

Kyrie goes back to the mask tonight

The mask will be back tonight in Atlanta for Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics guard told reporters at the team's shootaround Saturday in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Hawks - where Boston will try and win its 15th in a row - that he'll grudgingly go back to wearing the clear plastic facemask he had been using to protect a facial fracture he suffered last week. 

Irving wore the mask against Brooklyn for a full game earlier in the week then ditched it in the second half of the victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. He shot just 4-for-16 from the field (1-for-5 on 3's) against the Warriors and has made no secret of his disdain for wearing it.  

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