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Capitals' Boudreau gets support; team cites different reasons for collapse

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ARLINGTON, Va. - 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 post-season, but Boudreau and McPhee largely attributed the team's offensive struggles to good goaltending by the Canadiens.

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