"The rivalry is pretty heated between [Washington and Pittsburgh], so normally you always want the team that beats you to win the Cup so you can say, 'Hey, we did great. The only team that beat us was the team that won it all,'" [Bruce] Boudreau told ESPN.com. "But it was really a hard time cheering for them. Now that they've won, it's definitely a motivating factor for me with the team. But I was still hoping for Detroit. I couldn't bring myself to cheer for Pittsburgh. But since they won, I may as well use it."
Boudreau's cell phone was buzzing last Friday night after Sidney Crosby put the big silver trophy over his head.
"Without a word of a lie, I had half a dozen guys [players] text me within 20 minutes of Game 7," said Boudreau. "They were so mad. I talked to Alex [Ovechkin] and Mike [Green] last night and they couldn't bring themselves to watch it because it was so upsetting for them.
Ovechkin said he has done a lot of thinking about hockey and the way the Capitals' season ended. None of his thoughts, however, were about the Stanley Cup finals. He didn't watch them. Too painful, he said.
"Why I have to watch it?" Ovechkin said moments before taking a seat at the poker table. "No, not one game. A guy just told me that Pittsburgh won [Game 7], 2-1."
"My reaction?" he added with shrug. "I was upset because I know we could be in that situation, too. You never know what was going to happen. We deserved better."
Asked how he feels knowing his biggest rivals — Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin — hoisted the Cup before he did, Ovechkin grimaced and said: "It's good for them. Congrats to them. But I want to be in the same position."