In November 2007, after over 30 years in and around hockey as a NHL player and minor league coach, Boudreau was named interim head coach of his first NHL team, the Washington Capitals, a job akin to Matthau’s with the Bad News Bears. However Boudreau stood up to the task, erecting a 37-17-7 record from the 6-14-1 standing that he inherited, winning the Southeast Division and that season’s Jack Adams Award for best coach. This performance was followed by more division success and accolades in the following two years, but no championship along the way. In his third season, the Caps were routed to the 8th seeded Montreal Canadians losing their last three games in the playoff match up. In the following year, Boudreau’s fourth, superstar and sometimes effort giver Alexander Ovechkin helped lead the team to an epic skid, winning just 4 games in the month of November, completing an epic and sad collapse that kicked Boudreau out of NHL coaching almost as fast, but with none of the accolades of his coming to the Capitals. Boudreau would move onto the Anaheim Ducks in 2012 and waits in a league, that at the time of printing in early 2013, has locked out and ceased to exist, proving once and for all just how precious, rare and fleeting Coach Bombay’s success in the Mighty Ducks series really was.