TORONTO (AP) -Bruce Boudreau, who took over in November and led the Washington Capitals to a division title, was selected one of the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given to NHL's coach of the year.
Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and Guy Carbonneau of the Montreal Canadiens were the other finalists Wednesday.
Boudreau took over for the fired Glen Hanlon on Nov. 22 when the Capitals were last in the Eastern Conference with a 6-14-1 record. The Capitals, who were 37-17-7 under Boudreau, closed the season with seven straight victories to win Southeast Division.
Carbonneau, in his second season, led the Canadiens to their first 45-win and 100-point season in 15 years, first division title in 17 years, first Eastern Conference title in 19 years and best road record (25-12-4) in 29 years.
Babcock posted his third consecutive 50-win season with the Red Wings, who won the Presidents' Trophy for the top regular-season record with 115 points.
The award is voted on by members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association.
The winner will be announced June 12 at the NHL awards ceremony in Toronto.
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