Boudreau agrees with firing by Washington Capitals

| Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

Bruce Boudreau thinks the Washington Capitals made the "right decision" in firing him — and he's not blaming his newfound unemployment on Alex Ovechkin.

And, yes, he watched the Capitals' first game without him, a 2-1 loss under new coach Dale Hunter.

"I was nervous," Boudreau said. "You can be fired, but it doesn't mean you don't have feelings for the players, and all of the players there you get to know so well, you want them to do well. I still think they're a great team, and they're going to do well, and Dale's going to do well. He's a good man. You're nervous for them because you want to see them succeed."

Boudreau's approach failed to reinvigorate team captain Ovechkin, who was coming off a career-worst season and was off to a slow start this fall.

"I don't believe Alex was ever a problem," Boudreau said Wednesday. "I think he worked as hard and tried as hard as he could. I think it just didn't go well statistically for him, and when things don't go well statistically people try to put two and two together and they usually end up with five."

• The injury-riddled Buffalo Sabres received a bit of a boost Wednesday when goalie Ryan Miller returned to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion/neck injury. Miller was hurt when Boston's Milan Lucic bowled him over in the first period of a 6-2 loss to the Bruins on Nov. 12, and has missed the past eight games. The Sabres are 3-4-1 without him.

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