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Boudreau hears from his mom after '24/7'

by Dan Rosen /
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Bruce Boudreau didn't need to see his now semi-famous profane locker room speech replayed out on his television screen. He didn't need to hear all the expletives HBO's cameras caught him using. He didn't need to watch any more highlights (lowlights?) of his team losing to Toronto, Florida, Colorado and then in New York, where the Caps hit rock bottom.

As interested as Boudreau is to see what HBO put together for Episode 1 of "24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic," he resisted temptation late Wednesday night because he was simply too mad to put himself in front of all that negativity again.

"(It would) probably be one of those things you'd watch if you were on a 10-game winning streak, but we aren't so I don't want to see," Boudreau said Thursday, a day after Anaheim handed Washington its seventh straight loss. "I already lived through the negativeness. I don't need to live through it (again)."

But, Boudreau pointed out, he did catch one clip of the show by accident Thursday morning. He walked by a television inside Ketter Capitals Iceplex that showed TSN airing his 61-second speech to his team in which the coach dropped the same profanity 15 times.

It's a good thing he saw it because he had to defend it.

"My mom already called me about how many f-bombs I used," Boudreau said. "Listen, it was a passionate speech. It wasn't anything that I'm sitting there and manufacturing up the word just to say the word. When you're talking with passion sometimes I don't know what's coming out of my mouth, quite frankly. That's what came out."

During that speech, which Boudreau gave after the second period of last Thursday's 3-0 loss to Florida, he chastised his players for feeling sorry for themselves, adding that nobody wants players who feel sorry for themselves.

Boudreau perked up when he was told by reporters that the cameras caught the Capitals with their heads down and shoulders slouched. He's hoping his players take their poor body language as a lesson about how to handle adversity.

"Sometimes when I'm saying those things they're coming off the ice saying, 'We're not that bad,' " Boudreau said. "Then they look at that and they go, 'Holy smokes, we look like somebody just shot our mother.' That was the message I was trying to get across. Don't get down, get even. Work harder to get back into it."

The Capitals might have learned something. The ones who watched the show all took note of their lousy body language.

"You can see how the smiles are on (the Penguins') faces and we look like we're not having fun," Ovechkin said. "It's OK. It's good lessons for us. It's good teaching."

"It was definitely two different sides of the world," defenseman Mike Green said. "Everybody goes through these times. Last year we were at the top of the list with a great regular season and other teams that struggled did very well (in the playoffs). It's interesting the different types of atmospheres that were going on (in the show)."

Nicklas Backstrom predicted the Capitals will be smiling in Episode 2.

"We're going to turn it around," he told

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