Just try to make noise in the quiet car on Amtrak. I dare you.

It’s the one place I can think of that promotes library quiet. No cell phones. No music. No chatting. No nothing. Just reading and a plethora of silence.

I’ve seen folks ejected from the quiet car on Amtrak. That’s probably a miserable feeling. You weren’t quiet enough to sit on a train. That probably instills a lingering feeling of shame.

Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau probably wouldn’t fit well in the quiet car mold. Don’t get me wrong, Boudreau knows quiet. After a game three loss to the New York Rangers in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, Boudreau blasted the fans at Madison Square Garden.

“Well, the one thing, its reputation is far better than the actual building. I mean, it’s nothing. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There’s no room for anything. But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous. Also, our building’s a lot louder, too. So I mean, they can say what they want, but it’s not that loud in there,” Boudreau bellowed. Probably loudly.

This kind of talk wakes up a city that never sleeps. “Can you hear us,” the MSG crowd asked after its team took an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the second period of game four on Wednesday night. Catcalls of things not printable for a family blog showered down on the head coach who ate his words for the first 40 minutes of the most pivotal game of the series.

A funny thing happened before the series took an asterisk away from game six. The Caps scored early in the third. Alexander Semin put Washington in the hockey game with an unassisted tally a couple of minutes into a very long third period at the Garden.

A little bit softer now.

Less than a minute later, Marcus Johansson made it a 3-2 game. With more than 16 minutes left in regulation, you could sense the Rangers were trying to just hang on. Fear doesn’t play well in the NHL Playoffs.

A little bit softer now.

Washington broke the dam with Johansson’s second goal of the period to tie the contest at three and make New Yorkers do something they aren’t very good at doing. They shut up.

A little bit softer now.

People who gave up on the game logged on to Facebook and Twitter as they connected with other fans who joined the ever-growing bandwagon. Game on.

Jason Chimera put it away at 12:36 of the second overtime for the Capitals. Washington takes a commanding 3-1 series lead back home. The Caps don’t exactly have a great history of keeping 3-1 leads. But that didn’t matter much on Wednesday night.

“I might have made a mistake by saying what I said,” Boudreau said. “Let’s leave it at that. Let’s let the players decide this and not worry about how I felt or what the crowd felt like.”

The Rangers will take the Acela back to Washington for game five on Saturday afternoon. I’m guessing they won’t use the quiet car. After all, it’s time New York made some noise.

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