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Boudreau supported; reasons vary on Caps collapse

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has received the support of the team's management, two days after a stunning elimination in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

General manager George McPhee said Boudreau "is a really good coach" who will be with the Capitals "for a very long time."

The Capitals had the league's best record in the regular season, but they blew a 3-1 series lead and fell to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in seven games.

The players took their season-ending physicals and held their final meetings with Boudreau on Friday. Several players said the team didn't step up its game enough for the postseason, but Boudreau and McPhee largely attributed the team's offensive struggles to good goaltending by the Canadiens.

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