Put Me In Coach
Matt Bradley had a couple strong scoring chances in Tuesday night’s win over Ottawa, and he has been playing excellent hockey of late overall. After the Ottawa game, I saw Bradley downstairs and told him, “You’ve got one coming on Thursday, Brads. I feel it.”
“I’ll get one for you, Vogs,” was the reply.
By the time the shootout started on Thursday night after the Caps and Oilers dueled to a 4-4 draw through 65 minutes of real hockey, I figured he meant he’d get one for me in warm-ups.
I’m no sick kid in a hospital like in the movies, but Bradley came through. His shootout strike was the only lamp lighter in a 12-round festival of saves and misses.
Turns out that Bradley did play the Babe Ruth card, though. He called his shot.
Bradley told bench boss Bruce Boudreau to put him in.
“He didn’t even let me say, ‘Don’t go,’” said Boudreau after the game. “He said, ‘I’m going to score. Put me out there.’ He jumped over the boards and went in, did a great move and scored.
“It was fabulous. That’s what we need. You need guys that are going to go out there and not hope to score but know they are. Brads just wanted the puck. I thought it was great for him.”