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Former Caps coach denies rift with star

Updated: November 29, 2011, 8:42 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Washington, D.C. -- Former Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau told ESPN.com Tuesday he never had a problem with captain Alex Ovechkin and rumors of any kind of rift between the two are overblown.

Boudreau was fired as head coach of the Capitals on Monday and replaced by former team captain Dale Hunter.

Boudreau said Ovechkin called him after the news of Boudreau's firing. Boudreau said the two spoke for 15 minutes on Tuesday and the star winger thanked his former coach ...

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