Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau has had some tough luck in his career during the playoffs, and his players know it.
Last year is still a painful, though forgettable, memory for the Caps. Facing the same situation – up 3-1 coming home against the Canadiens – Washington got run in the first 10 minutes of Game 5 and went on to lose the series. Asked what he remembered from that experience, Alex Ovechkin said: “I don’t remember nothing. I forget about it.”
Most players feel the same way – that the Montreal series is in the past and that this is a new team. Much of the belief about a new team comes from new players – namely Arnott and Hannan, who weren’t part of that collapse. As much as they helped in the regular season, they’re here for playoff time and to get this first-round series out of the way.
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