Washington Capitals Radio Network; Special to Inside/Out
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals were given the day off Monday after yesterday’s regular-season finale at Verizon Centre. The Presidents’ Trophy winners won a franchise-best 54 games and will enter the playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in team history.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau spoke to the media this morning about facing the Canadiens, the atmosphere that awaits at the Bell Centre and the Capitals ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.
“That’s the only game intown,” Boudreau said of the Canadiens in Montreal. “They don’t have to split it up and have the Nationals on some of the pages, the Wizards on some of the pages, the Redskins and [the Capitals]. It’s Montreal. It’s the Canadiens. It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a ten-page spread come Wednesday and Thursday.”
Boudreau will not announce who the Capitals will start in goal until Thursday, although all indications are that Jose Theodore will get the nod. Theodore is 20-0-3 in his last 23 decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 12.
Boudreau also touched on the NHL’s second-ranked power play.
“They’ve killed us on it so far [5-for-14]. They move the puck, the shoot, they go to the net, they’re quick, they’re on pucks, they’re on loose pucks. Their forwards aren’t big, but they’ve got two good units and two really good point-men who can shoot the puck.”
The Capitals would be best served to stay out of the penalty box against Montreal. The Capitals 213 five-on-five goals were tops in the NHL, while the Canadiens 132 five-on-five goals were last. The Capitals 213 five-on-five goals are also three more than the Canadiens overall total of 210.