Boudreau hears it from New Yorkers

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, Last Updated: 10:11 PM ET

Bruce Boudreau is no diplomat, that's for sure.

TSN analyst Pierre McGuire wondered if the Washington Capitals coach should've left well enough alone and bit his tongue instead of blasting Madison Square Garden ahead of Wednesday night's Game 4 in their series with the New York Rangers.

"This might've been one time where he should have killed it with kindness," McGuire opined. "They (New Yorkers) don't like to be pushed. They'll push back harder."

From this angle, the only problem with Boudreau bashing "the world's most famous arena" is the timing. He already went after the refs for their calls and a couple of Rangers players for questionable hits.

Save the old building's deficiencies for Game 6 if you really need it.

But that's not Boudreau's way. He empties all his ammo in a hurry and sees what sticks.

It's obvious what he was trying to do when he said MSG's "reputation is far better than the actual building. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There's no room for anything ... Also, our building's a lot louder, too. They can say what they want, but it's not that loud in there."

Clearly, he's just taking the heat off Ovechkin and Co. If he can get the MSG fans booing the guy in the suit instead of focusing on what's happening on the ice, he's won that part of the battle.

But he needs to get his players on the same page.

"The fans here (at MSG) are pretty loud," veteran Caps defender Scott Hannan said in his pre-game interview, contradicting his coach.

And they proved it after the Rangers scored two goals in seven seconds to take a 3-0 lead in the second period. The faithful chanted "Bou-dreau" and "Can You Hear Us?"

It sure didn't feel like the best time to empty the coaching bag of tricks, but after what happened to the Caps last year against Montreal, maybe it's never too early.

Boudreau knew a win at MSG Wednesday meant the Caps likely wouldn't be back.

ON THE FLY

The saddest thing in hockey right now is the CBC clips of Sidney Crosby skating on the mornings of Pittsburgh-Tampa games. At least every Penguins win extends the possibility he'll be back at some point ... Philly's Jeff Carter can't catch a break. He's hurt again ... The Red Wings won't be the last organization to beat the Coyotes. It'll be the Goldwater Institute ... Steve Yzerman is up for GM of the year largely because his biggest decision was his best. He hired the dynamic Guy Boucher as his coach last summer ... The most costly suspension of the playoffs so far belongs to Anaheim's Bobby Ryan, who got a two-gamer for foot stomping. But the Ducks, even without their big line intact, looked pretty good early in Game 4. Give an assist to Lady Gaga, whose Nashville concert forced the series to take an extra day off and gave the Ducks' big-minute men a breather.

TALKING IT UP

Who said Mike Milbury didn't know his players when he was the Islanders GM? At the first intermission, the CBC analyst called Pittsburgh's Arron Asham, one of those ex-Isles, a difference maker against the Bolts because of his superior "attitude and effort." Then, Asham went out and put the Pens up two early in the second with his third goal of the series ... Best off-day quote belongs to Montreal D-man Hall Gill, who when asked about the importance of sticking to routine, stated, "If you feel you need to eat some Froot Loops to get ready, then eat some Froot Loops." Somewhere, hockey health-food guru Gary Roberts is cringing.

SWEET TWEETING

San Jose's Game 3 hero Devin Setoguchi isn't afraid of overtime or four-goal deficits. Horror flicks, though, are another matter. A while back, the Sharks sniper tweeted "Just had a nice hot tub but can't got back to my room cause pavs (Joe Pavelski) and jumbo (Joe Thornton) are watching scary movies not my thing!!" Right now, the Kings are in hot water ... Hard to believe Boudreau wasn't trending on Twitter after the second intermission. He took as much venom as Charlie Sheen did at his Torpedo tour stop in Detroit. The surge of social media hate-fest ground to a halt, however, after the Caps launched their late comeback.

LAST CALL

The Phoenix Coyotes have never won a playoff series in 15 years. The Winnipeg Jets went to the second round just twice. No wonder everyone's so intent on finding out where this franchise ends up. Bright side: money saved on taking down and shipping banners if and when team relocates. If there was ever a year the NHL needed a long playoff run from "their" Coyotes, it was this one. A couple extra gates would've paid a few more bills.


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