Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau tried to put on the best face possible given his boys are down three games to none in the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boudreau said, "We believe we're good enough to win." And he also made the valid point the team has to think small picture first.
It also must not dwell on the fact that only three teams in NHL history -- the 1942 Maple Leafs, the 1975 Islanders and 2010 Flyers -- have come back to win a seven games series after trailing 3-0.
"If you look at it and say it's only been done three times before in the history of the NHL, you'd think that's really tough. 'We can't do that,' " Boudreau said. "You have to stick with the program you believe in. Think of it as one game, then have three days off to regroup, get another game and so forth."
Someone asked Boudreau if he can draw anything from Washington's series win over the Rangers.
"It's a totally different type of game," he said. "The Rangers were all about getting it deep and working, working, working to keep the puck in your zone. Tampa is ail about turnovers and playing sound defense, so when they get the opportunities, they have some pretty good forwards that people aren't aware of and some they are aware of that are playing well at this time."
Someone asked Boudreau if he thought his job is on the line.
"Is your job on the line?" he asked. "Then I don't want to answer that."
Couple good stats from the Elias Sports Bureau: The six-game playoff winning streak by Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson is second longest in NHL history for 40-year-old goalies behind Jacques Plante, who won eight straight in 1969. ... Tampa Bay's third-period comeback was only the second time the team has done that in the playoffs. The other was Game 2 of Tampa Bay's first-round series against the Senators in 2006. ... The Capitals were 29-0-3 in the regular season when leading after two periods. ... Boudreau said he believes the Capitals had won 36 straight games when scoring at least three goals.
Lightning coach praises players: Coach Guy Boucher apparently gave his players the option to not even come to the rink this morning. But the player leadership opted to come in for meetings, though there was no skate. "They wanted to get back to work and I really liked that," Boucher said.
Steven Stamkos praises attitude: "We weren't scared to lose," Stamkos said of Game 3. "We're not sitting back, and that's something maybe we were guilty of during the course of the season. We learned that we had to be aggressive in the third period if we're up a goal or down a goal. It's shown in this series."
Posted by Damian Cristodero at 2:59:51 pm on May 04, 2011