Boudreau winning games, not friends

Boudreau winning games, not friends
November 2, 2011, 4:20 am
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There may come a point this season that the Capitals rebel against Bruce Boudreau for the hard-edged approach he has taken this season.

The coach's latest episode came with 62 seconds remaining in Tuesday night's 5-4 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks at the Verizon Center.

After calling a timeout with his team trailing by a goal, Boudreau elected to send out his checking line of Brooks Laich, Joel Ward and Jason Chimera and left Ovechkin on the bench.

The Capitals captain was not happy with Boudreau's decision and exchanged heated words with him on the bench, apparently using at least one expletive.

This is not the first time Boudreau has played hard ball with his players this season.

In fact, you can now add Jeff Halpern, Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin to the list of players who have been sent less-than-flattering messages from the fifth-year coach.

Halpern was a healthy scratch, Knuble was dropped to a fourth line and Ovechkin sat the bench in the final minute of Tuesday night's 5-4 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks and you can bet none of them were happy about those decisions after the game.

You could probably say the same about Tomas Vokoun and Marcus Johansson when they were snubbed by Boudreau in the season opener and Ovechkin after he was called out by his coach two games into the season.

Like him or not, you can say this about Boudreau: He is coaching with a snarl this season in the hopes that his team plays the same way.