Bruce Boudreau’s job has seemingly been on the line over the last week, but instead of facing the music Monday, he heard the music of victory.
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When the Washington Capitals ended their eight-game losing streak last season, they provided a lasting image: players smiling after over two weeks without a victory while jokingly fist-pumping to DJ Pauly D’s “Beat Dat Beat.”
For the past 10 days in 2011, the Caps had been mired in a four-game losing streak. While it may not have been as long as last season’s, this particular losing streak seemed much more debilitating. Being outscored 14-3 on a three-game road trip certainly didn’t help matters; being down 2-0 in the second period to the Phoenix Coyotes Monday at Verizon Center made it worse. Yet, Washington battled back and ultimately snapped their skid with a 4-3 victory.
After the game, as the locker room doors opened, a familiar song blared through the speakers. “Beat Dat Beat” had made its triumphant return, and with it came the return of Washington’s winning ways.
“That’s exactly what I told them – it’s nice to hear the music,” head coach Bruce Boudreau said.
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