Bruce Boudreau Calls Out MSG; Rangers’ Fans Need to React

By now if you are a fan of the New York Rangers, you have heard the idiotic comments made by Washington Capitals’ head coach Bruce Boudreau, where he called out Madison Square Garden for being “nothing”, while saying some aspects of the arena and locker room area “horrible”. There is no need to reiterate what writers and bloggers have already said, such as how Boudreau tries to deflect the blame of every loss because he cannot handle it. This all comes from a coach who can’t speak to his players in the locker room without using an expletive every other word, a coach that would be nothing without the four all-stars he was handed, and who really run the team.

We saw this two seasons ago, when the Rangers last faced the Capitals in a playoff series. As soon as the Capitals began to trail in the series, the coach, along with the players, whined and deflected the blame away from themselves. Last time it was Avery calling Boudreau the “…fattest, [bleep]ing pig” he had ever seen, to which the coach cried about to the media. The Capitals then sent Alex Ovechkin to spy on the team during their morning skate, when he was seen sitting in the stands. What other team in the league does this? People complain about Crosby and the Penguins being whiners, but when do they ever take it to the media (Mario Lemiuex’s asinine statement regarding headshots aside). At least they maintain some standard of professionalism. The Capitals—their fans, as well as players and coaches—are the biggest bunch of immature imbeciles I have ever seen. Considering the franchise has not one championship to their degree and the arena was empty for years leading up to the post-lockout Ovechkin era, they really can’t say much. The players jump up and down like girls when they score a goal and win, then they complain, call out officials (and arenas, apparently) when they lose.

Bruce Boudreau also noted how the Verizon Center is louder than MSG. Perhaps it is due to the noise added over the sound speaker that is generated in order to pump up fans and get them cheering. Madison Square Garden does not have such a feature, because they don’t need one. At least Rangers fans know the difference between a blue line and a clothes line. Then there is the issue of Capitals’ fans pelting the Rangers’ bench with items during the game. Last season, it agitated John Tortorella so much that he, in turn, threw a water bottle at a fan and shouted obscenities at them. This time, it was assistant coach Mike Sullivan, who got hit with ice cubes at the end of Game Two, with a security guard standing just feet away no less, prompting him to turn around, and have Tortorella come over to tell him to ignore it. There is that immaturity again. I have been watching hockey for many years, and I cannot recall many instances of fans throwing food at a bench, yet the two most recent occasions were both against the Capitals, in their own building.

Tomorrow night, Game Four will be played at the quiet, decrepit, squalor known as Madison Square Garden. Perhaps Rangers fans should do something in return, to let Boudreau know just what kind of fans we have here. I am not advocating showering the bench with beer (at almost $10 a pop you wouldn’t want to either) because that would be stooping down to the same below sea-level altitude their fans are at, but it is time to get creative. Perhaps a chant or two other than “Potvin Sucks!” which still seems to echo from antiquity will be heard. It’s time to bring back the old MSG atmosphere from years gone by, when the air was hostile and opposing teams and fans were not given any iota of respect. Their fans have shown us none, so why not return the favor?

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4 thoughts on “Bruce Boudreau Calls Out MSG; Rangers’ Fans Need to React

  1. Jerry

    It might be time to recall a long ago era when the fans and the noise they made were referred to as “the monsters of the Garden”. Agreed, throwing things at opposing players and their bench is childish and bush league. Ranger fans are far to sophisticaated for those immature antics. When we put out a line with Prust-Boyle-Avery who hit everything in site, let the fans do their part with noise delievered at such a volume Mr. Boudreau will know what’s it’s like to be in a major league arena. We should strive to let the Ranger players, staff, management and the whole NHL be proud of the MSG fans, by showing class, but being so loud Alex Ovechkin won’t be able to hear himself think, and Mr. Boudreau sorry for his classless statements. Noise like we have never made before ladies and gentlemen. Let them know who we are!

  2. Jim Haggerty

    Ah yes, the old MSG Monster of yesteryear, when the national anthem would be drowned out after “Oh say can you see?” and the entire building would quake on its foundations every time the Rangers scored a goal. Boudreau does have a point because MSG is the oldest arena in the league, followed sequentially I believe by Nassau Coliseum, Rexall Center in Edmonton, Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, and whatever they now call the Saddledome in Calgary. Amazingly, all the other NHL arenas are newer vintage, if I am not mistaken.

    Back in the day, the crowd would chant “Boudreau sucks” most of the game tonight, or would go with the haunting “Booooooo-dreauuuuu”, but the Garden has become a mostly sanitized, corporate environment lacking true fans and with the renovations it will become even more so.

  3. Jerry

    Jim, I could not agree with you more. It has become far too corporate, at the expense of the ‘blue seats’ losing their identity.
    Now is the time to revert back to days of “yesteryear” as you correctly pointed out.

  4. DAVE FEIBO

    AS AN OLD LONG TIME BLUESEATER AND SEASON TICKET HOLDER FOR THE RANGERS–NOONE WANTS TO SEE MSG SOUND LIKE IT USED TO MORE THAN ME!! I MAKE FUN OF MSG AND CALL IT THE WORLDS MOST ”QUIET” ARENA AS OPPOSED TO FAMOUS….I WAS WONDERING WHAT IT WOULD TAKE FOR MSG TO SOUND LIKE OLD–AND BRUCIE DID IT IN 2 SENTENCES!! YOU ARE A FOOL NOUDREAU AS YOU AWOKE A SLEEPING MONSTER!!!! MAY THE CHANTS BE CREATIVE–FUNNY-VULGAR-ABUSIVE—AND ALL NITE LONG YOU FAT WHINY DOUCHEBAG!!!

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