Bruce Boudreau Is Not a Fan of Madison Square Garden

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