Bruce Boudreau confirmed that Jeff Schultz is out, and added he has an upper-body injury (hey, it is something) and Brian Pothier is in today. No changes to the forward group — it is certainly safe to say Donald Brashear is now a healthy scratch and not injured.
Boudreau also took offense to John Tortorella’s comments yesterday about some the Caps’ face-off wins not being on the level.
“They won the game, and all he did was cry about the two things we won about — faceoffs and a penalty,” Boudreau said. “He’s playing the whole game and it is actually pretty lame, quite frankly.”
“He’s talking about Nicky Backstrom, who was 48 percent this year and one of the worst centermen the first half of the year in faceoffs altogether. We went in and talked to the league and the league said they were perfectly legal, so he is just crying right now. It is a pretty dumb thing to be crying about.”
“I haven’t said nothing except for responding [to Tortorella]. We were told not to do this, but he is trying to play the gamesmanship and get the referees on his side. That’s fine. They’ll probably do better on faceoffs today. What am I supposed to do? Cry? We never had 70 percent on faceoffs all year, so we had one good day on faceoffs.”
If the league is telling these coaches not to do this, they are crazy. And don’t expect this to be the last of the back and forth barbs.