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Fired Caps coach Boudreau doesn't blame Ovechkin

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Bruce Boudreau isn't blaming his newfound unemployment on Alex Ovechkin.

The Washington Capitals coach spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since being fired on Monday.

Boudreau says he doesn't believe two-time league MVP Ovechkin "was ever a problem." He says when Ovechkin's statistics went down, people were putting "two and two together and they usually end up with five" to conclude there was a problem between player and coach.

Boudreau won 200 games faster than any coach in modern NHL history, but he says he wasn't surprised by his dismissal because of the team's recent performances.

He said he was nervous watching successor Dale Hunter's debut Tuesday night. The Capitals lost Hunter's first game, 2-1, to the St. Louis Blues.

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