Capitals’ Coach, Bruce Boudreau, on Hot Seat?

Hockey fans have to wonder how much longer coach Bruce Boudreau will be behind the Washington Capitals bench. On Saturday the Capitals losing streak reached eight games as they lost 3-2 against the Boston Bruins who are now only two points behind the Capitals in the Eastern Conference standings. Last year’s President Trophy winners who last won a game on December 1, have dropped all the way down to seventh seed with only 40 points. Even though they lost on Saturday coach Boudreau is taking solance in his team’s third period domination where they outshot Boston 26-2. “You outshoot a team 26-2 in the third period and you hopefully come through with more than a loss,” Boudreau said. “I really believed we were going to tie it tonight. You could feel it. Thomas has beat an awful lot of teams with great stuff, and he did it to us.” The best chance for Washington came in the dying moments when their best player in Alex Ovechkin was robbed from point blank by goalie Tim Thomas. “(The attack) was consistent, consistent, consistent. I didn’t have time to think right until Ovechkin’s pad shot,” Thomas who had 39 saves on the night said about the third period. Washington quickly fell behind the eight ball as they were outshot 11-5 in the opening period and behind 3-0 on Boston goals from Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference and Blake Wheeler. The Capitals played a much better second period as they outshot Boston 10-8 and narrowed the deficit on a goal from Matt Bradley. Once again the third period belonged to Thomas who allowed a goal from Karl Azner before completely shutting the door. “It certainly saved us. There’s no doubt about that,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of the final horn. “It’s unfortunate. … We were watching more than we were reacting.” Washington left after the game for Ottawa where they will try to snap the streak against the Senators on Sunday night. If they lose one has to wonder if Coach Boudreau will still be coaching Washington come Monday morning.


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