Bruce Boudreau, coach of the Washington Capitals NHL team, made a Monday morning appearance on 105.9’s The Edge’s Kirk and Mike Radio Show and had some rather harsh words for the home of the New York Rangers, MSG.

Boudreau said:

“Well, the one thing, its reputation is far better than the actual building, I mean, it’s nothing. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There’s no room for anything. But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous. Also, our building’s a lot louder, too. So I mean, they can say what they want, but it’s not that loud in there.”

Later on in the interview he was asked about the officiating Monday morning he responded with the following:

“During the playoffs you have a supervisor at every game, so if you have a complaint or something that you want to lodge, you talk to the supervisor and then he’ll talk to the referees and he’ll talk to the powers that be,” Boudreau explained. “But the trick about that is it’s usually closing the door and the horse has left the barn, it’s an over-and-done fact, because the referees are different every game in the first series. . . . So what they do is they can warn the other guys that this is what the other team’s talking about and look out for it, but that’s pretty well what you can do. I mean, the refs are very serious about this too, this is their playoffs too, their Stanley Cup, so they don’t want to make any mistakes. But it happens.”

Boudreau was also asked about the criticism from many regarding his goaltender and in true NHL coach fashion he stood up for his player:

“Well, Neuvirth’s allowed four goals in over three games, three games and a period,” Boudreau said. “Whatever he’s doing, I don’t want him to stop doing it. Unless it was Darren Pang [talking], who was a goaltender, Eddie Olczyk was never a goaltender, and I know Doc Emrick was never a goaltender. So I would much prefer to listen to what Arturs Irbe has to say, and he has not brought that up as a problem. So I’ve got to believe that what he was doing was a good thing.”

via The Post

  • gfox

    CRY baby Boudreau. Grow up you wush!!!!!!!

  • Rob

    Hey BRUCE
    WHEN DID YOU EVER WIN ANYTHING IN WASHINGTON???????
    LOUDER IN WASHINGTON PLEASE !!!! GO GET YOUR EARS CHECKED
    RANGER FAN ALL MY LIFE !!!

    • Mike

      Well, here we go. All New Yorkers are better then all other sports fans, right Rob?

  • Jay43

    Boodroo just lost the series for his team;….they have no shot,…I’m a Flyers fan all the way and can’t stand the stinkin Rangers but as a hockey fan I hope Tortella has his guys go right at them and hit the snot out of them,…..Caps are done,…what a wuss!!!

  • TOMIKIN

    OH…..WE ARE CRYING NOW…..DO IT SOME MORE IDIOT….YOU LOST AGAIN WASHINGTON….YOU LOST AGAIN…..GO RANGERS GO…..

  • Ziggy Pohopin

    The only thing Bruce [ Porky Pig ] Boudreau ever said that made any sense is ” Ethe Ethe Ethe That’s All Folks “

  • Notapenfan

    I believe what he said about MSG not being as loud as Vzn Center as a New York Post reporter wrote the same thing Saturday

  • CapsWillWin

    Insult and jeer all you want, the Caps are still going to take the series, just like they did a couple of years ago. Rangers can’t have the lucky bounces and ref calls every game! The perfect storm comes around rarely.

  • Without a doubt

    All I can say is there were not 8 penalties on the Caps! The officiating was pretty one-sided. That’s okay — home field advantage is perfectly fine with me. What you need to consider though, you had the refs and still barely won the game on a highlight fluke goal. I’m hear to tell you that the Rangers are probably one of the better #8 seeds in the playoffs. But if you take King Henry out of the net — it’s over. It is pretty much what the Rangers have. You know when they have put Avery in a game to be a disruption they’re stretching their bench. This is over in five, six at the max.

  • CapsWillLose

    Maybe if the Verizon Center wasn’t so “loud”, they wouldn’t choke away as many game sevens there.

    • Bacon

      LoL ..like you did to us two years ago?

  • nhlfan69

    I’m from the Bronx. MSG IS a dump. And the Rangers fans are the biggest a-hole, cry babies on earth….next to Yankees fans. Truth hurts….

  • TOMIKIN

    PANIC….I HEAR PANIC FROM WASHNG. COACH….CRYING ABOT MSG….CRYING ABOUT STAAL…..THATS OK…..I LOVE IT…..AND AT THE END WASHINGTON LOSE AND THE COACH GETS FIRED…..LOVE IT…..

    • Bacon

      Two lucky goals, crappy officiating and one win = panic? This is why Rangers hockey is pathetic. Keep gripping onto those delusions of grandeur, call up Obama maybe he can spare some Hope.

  • Chris

    MSG isn’t the greatest rink, but Boston University will be playing Cornell there in November and I can’t wait to come down from Boston for it.

    http://www.goterriers.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/041111aaa.html

  • arizonawingnut

    I can’t believe that a NHL coach, or any professional coach for that matter, would make those comments. Dissing an opponents facilities, the broadcasters, even the refs is just plain stupid. Is he trying to elevate his players or just make a bunch of childlike excuses for his own shortcomings.

    Go get ’em Rangers. Make things right and send them all golfing…..

    • Bacon

      Mad cuz he’s right?

  • Bacon

    You NYC noobs know dam well that MSG sux balls compared to the rest of the league and its stadiums and you know your fans are crap. Throwing objects at your own teams assistant coach .. you are a joke, your team is even more of a joke.

  • yea?

    hey new york sooooo his opinions which u take as “crying” lost the series? lol wake up the caps didnt play well at all game 3 and spent the game in the box yet it took the last minute 30 to win it? you guys are pretty cocky i must say

  • Brian

    Boodroo’s comments were rediculous, we all know that, even you caps fans. And in that game the Rangers were not getting all the calls. What about that call for goalie inteference on Christiansen? You people who say this must not have been watching the game. Just like the boodroo lost his composure so did his team on the ice and they earned those penalties. And I love the Garden. It’s a great place filled with rich history, and the comments about the building are just useless rhetoric, especially since the arena has been in biz since 1968! It does nothing. Comments about the fans will inspire and motivate us to make the experience louder for boodroo and the caps.

    And about lucky goals, the one that tied game 1 for the caps should have been blown dead. Dont cry about lucky goals. You guys cant hold a series lead and that all begins with the coaching. Boodroo, from the HBO special and the comments made on a radio station, is a baby. He lost composure and that mentality carries over into the teams game.

    Luck goals? what a load. The most offensively gifted team in the league and fans still trying to make excuses. Thats pathetic.