You can't blame Bruce Boudreau for being in a bit of a cranky mood, seeing as his Capitals fell 3-2 to the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the first round of the 2011 NHL Playoffs. On Sunday, he took out some frustration about the referees on the NBC sideline reporter. On Monday, Boudreau took out some frustration on Madison Square Garden itself.
The Capitals' coach was a guest on 105.9 The Edge this morning, and was asked to discuss the Madison Square Garden atmosphere. Most people would pay homage to a classic all-time hockey arena. Boudreau decided to do the opposite. Via Dan Steinberg:
"Well, the one thing, its reputation is far better than the actual building," the coach said. "I mean, it's nothing. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There's no room for anything. But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous. Also, our building's a lot louder, too. So I mean, they can say what they want, but it's not that loud in there."
The next game of the series is not until Wednesday, which should give Rangers fans plenty of time to respond. This is one situation where it would be nice if there was a game sooner.