Bruce Boudreau can envision the scene already.
The current Canucks coach and ex-Capitals boss will be hanging out on his side of the ice ahead of Friday night's Washington-Vancouver matchup when his former star, Alex Ovechkin, stops by to pay him a visit.
"He’ll come over between the benches when he’s squirting his water, and he’ll look at me and go, 'I score tonight,'" Boudreau said in a Thursday media availability. "And I’ll turn around and won’t acknowledge him because he knows it bugs me. That's the way it'll go."
You can forgive Boudreau for feeling a tad cranky, as the sourness stems from his didn't-come-true wish that Ovechkin would net career goal No. 767 in the Capitals' previous game against the Edmonton Oilers.
"I was really hoping," Boudreau said flatly. "Let's put it that way."
Instead, Ovechkin will head to Rodgers Arena looking to surpass Jaromir Jagr on the NHL's all-time scoring list, meaning Boudreau and his squad could witness history in person. The game is on NBC Sports Washington Plus with pregame coverage starting at 9:30 p.m.
All jokes aside, Boudreau has as deep of an appreciation for Ovechkin's prowess as anyone and is eager to cross paths with the legendary Capital once more.
"I've watched him for 17 years," Boudreau said. "No matter how good or bad he looks that game, he's going to get opportunities to score. That's just the nature of Alex Ovechkin."