Ovechkin: "Of course I am surprised. I really like him, he give me a lot. It's hard for him, hard for the team. It's life. I've never been in this situation in my life, with coach getting fired. If team lose, guy who will be fired is coach. If we win, nobody talking about coach. If we lose, everyone talks about coach."
According to rjmbeau at Caps forum in an interview after the game Kovalchuk said (about Washington Capitals):
"Give the team a chance replace coach before it's too late... They'll (meaning the players) will be shocked at first but they'll will get over it - we did..."
Everybody knew it was coming and still... it is a shock. I couldn't look at Hanlon's face in the third period... it was a face of very sad man...
After Wednesday's loss, he was asked whether he believes his players can turn things around.
"Of course I do -- or I wouldn't go in tomorrow," Hanlon replied, his voice soft and words slow. "You never stop believing. That's the real hard part of handling losing, is that you can never stop believing. ... I believe in the players."
Oh well, it's part of a job... Best of luck to you, Glen...
According to Capitals Insider so far Bruce Boudreau started where Hanlon left it, Kozlov centering Ovechkin...
"The key here, obviously, is that Backstrom is sharing time on the fourth line."