At this season's training camp, Washington general manager George McPhee told Boudreau he would be an NHL coach, that he just needed to stay the course. Those words meant a lot to Boudreau, even though McPhee didn't imagine it would come with his own Caps. ....Bruce Boudreau's arrival as an NHL head coach at the age of 52 has been one of the real feel-good stories in the league this season, and Burnside's piece picks up some really neat details behind the whirlwind that the past few months have been.
He met with McPhee, then the players. He walked into the dressing room for the first time and wondered what he was going to say. "I was numb on what to do and say," Boudreau said. ... "You wonder about it, and then, all of a sudden, you're doing it. I didn't notice the crowd. This is what I do, and I've got to make it look like I know what I'm doing."
I'm sure plenty of outside observers here in Toronto will be rooting for the Capitals if they can sneak into the playoffs here down the stretch.