Monday, April 7, 2008

Caps 'Flex' Their Way to #3 Seed

Going into the 2007-08 NHL season, the Washington Capitals were picked again as cellar dwellers of the Eastern Conference. Following a mediocre first half of the season, the Caps locked up Russian sensation Alexander Ovechkin to a multi-year $100-million + contract and traded for Center Sergei Federov (yes, he is still alive) and Goaltender Cristobal Huet (pronounced You-ay and/or You-et). These two moves paid off big time as the Caps ascended to the top of the Southeast Division, leapfroging the Carolina Hurricanes and knocking them out of the playoffs. Ovechkin led the team and the universe in scoring this season with 65 goals and 112 points, but it is Head Coach Bruce Boudreau who is the true leader of this team. Boudreau, who was born without a visible neck, was named Interim Head Coach on November 22, 2007 and later made permanent coach on December 26, 2007. Nothing shows confidence in a coach like taking over a month to decide that you actually want "Boudreau Boudreau Gali" on your bench. The Caps face off against the hated Philadelphia Flyers in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Beaudreau just hopes that four wins from now he'll be flexing those monstrous guns yet again while his team goes deep into the playoffs.

1 comment:

Matt said...

No question the Caps beat the Flyers and the Devils (yea, that pretty much means the Rangers suck).

Food for thought: when was the last time the lead story on NFL LIVE wasn't about some player being upset about his contract. No, seriously, think about it.