Now that the Capitals are forced to watch the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s fair to assume they are rooting for the same team you are.
“Anaheim,” Caps defenseman Karl Alzner said. “If I had to pick a team to win, I’d like to see them win. I’d like to see Bruce get a Cup.”
Boudreau has taken his teams to the Stanley Cup playoffs seven times in eight years, but this is the first time he’s been to the Conference Finals.
The Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks are knotted at 1-1 in the Western Conference Finals, which resume tonight at 8 in Chicago [NBCSN]. The Ducks are coming off Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss in triple overtime in Anaheim. The Ducks have not lost two games in a row during the playoffs, rebounding from each of their losses with victories, including a 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary on May 5.
“We’ve done it all year,” Boudreau said. “I would be more surprised if we weren’t able to rebound and play a really great game than if it went the other way around.
I’ve been with this group for a long time now. You can see it. They were, rightfully so, very angry [Tuesday] night. Not disappointed, but angry. That’s a good thing.”
In his four trips to the playoffs with the Capitals, Boudreau’s teams were knocked out of the first round twice and the second round twice. He’s also lost in the first round and second round since taking over the Ducks during the 2011-12 season.
“He’s such a nice person and he absolutely loves the game,” Alzner said. “I would love to see that happen. I hope he does exactly what he has been doing because it seems to be working. Don’t change too much up because it’s a little foreign for him.”