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Bruce Boudreau told Alex Ovechkin he loves him

Nov 29, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau AP

ESPN’s Scott Burnside reports that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had a 15-minute phone call today with his former head coach, Bruce Boudreau.

Ovechkin apparently thanked Boudreau for his time with the Caps, and Boudreau responded with the usual ex-coach platitudes.

“I told him I loved him and blah, blah, blah, all the regular stuff,” Boudreau said, holding a boombox over his head while blaring In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel.

Boudreau then flatly denied there was any rift between he and Ovechkin. “It’s so far from the truth,” Boudreau said. “We got along, I think, famously.”

As for the infamous third-period benching against Anaheim? Hardly indicative of their overall relationship.

“People want to focus on the fact that I sat him out one shift,” he said. “I don’t have a problem and never once did I think I have a problem with Alex liking me or not liking me.”

For what it’s worth, Ovechkin has corroborated most of this over the last two days. He told the Washington Post he and Boudreau had a very good relationship, would always cherish the memories and hoped they could still be friends, even though people are telling him that never works out.

  1. taytay099 - Nov 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Ovechkins’s father never approved of Bruce.

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    that chick behind the bench (in red) looks hot as hell in that photo above…. DIBS

  3. govtminion - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    [T.O.] That’s my captain, man! *SOB* [/T.O.]

  4. babykaby - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Once again media trying to make a story where there isn’t one.

  5. bluesrawesome - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    I’m no caps fan so I don’t know what always happens but from the out side looking in I think Bruce had a lot of respect for Ovi and still does. I think the same goes for Ovi I think he has a lot of respect for Bruce. The benching was just a story that got exaggerated because Ovi is so good. T.J. Oshie got benched and no one went crazy it’s because Ovi is a star.

    • dipthatchip - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      was a star, haha. coming from a caps fan

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