The Washington Times - April 18, 2011, 11:41AM

Bruce Boudreau won’t be getting free tickets to any concerts at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” anytime soon. The Capitals coach took some shots at Madison Square Garden on Monday morning on 105.9 “The Edge.”

Asked about what makes the Garden such a tough place to play, Boudreau instead criticized the Rangers’ home arena.


“Its reputation is far better than the actual building. It’s nothing. The locker rooms are horrible, the benches are horrible, there’s no room for anything,” Boudreau said. “But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous.

It was almost deafening inside the New York City arena on Sunday afternoon – and especially powerful at times before the game. But Boudreau (who’s perhaps a tad biased) didn’t think it stacked up to Verizon Center.

“Also, our building is a lot louder, too,” he said on 105.9. “They can say what they want, but it’s not that loud in there.”

While Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth used crowd noise as his excuse for why he “couldn’t understand” what Sean Avery was chirping at him, he agreed with his coach about the noise level.

“Nothing loud as Verizon,” Neuvirth said.