Boudreau's Caps Bearing down

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

If the Washington Capitals make the playoffs, Bruce Boudreau will run away with coach of the year honours.

With a post-season berth looking more and more likely every week, Caps defenceman Mike Green says Boudreau is the biggest reason for the resurgence in Washington.

"He won't admit it, but he's been a huge part of our success here and has got things turned around for us," says Green, a Calgary product who still lives here in the off-season.

"We have the skill and talent and character guys here that we need. We just needed some direction from someone.

"I can't say enough good things about him."

One of the most obvious signs of the franchise's about-face is their ability to bounce back from losses since Boudreau took over for a fired Glen Hanlon Nov. 22.

Since "Bruce Almighty", as some Washington scribes have taken to calling the head coach, was promoted from his American Hockey League affiliate post with the Hershey Bears, the Caps haven't lost back-to-back games in regulation.

For the many Capitals who had Boudreau as their coach in Hershey, winning is business as usual.

"If you look at our record since he's been here, we've been pretty successful," said Green. "And it doesn't surprise me at all."

Green and the Boudreau-guided Bears won the Calder Cup as AHL champs in 2006, Green's first pro season. Many members of that team are now with the big club, so it's appropriate their coach has made the leap, too.

With so many familiar faces, Green is excited about where the Caps are headed.

"That's why I feel the team can be so successful, because there's a feeling of when we went to the finals and won a cup. There's that feeling here again and that atmosphere," says Green. "It's very exciting now that things are starting to piece together.

"We know that we're heading in the right direction, that eventually we can put ourselves in a good spot to win a Cup."


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