Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau captured the 2008 Jack Adams Award as the top coach in the league as voted by the NHL Broadcasters' Association on Thursday.
Boudreau edged Montreal head coach Guy Carbonneau, 31 first-place votes to 24 and 208 points to 196.
He took over behind the Capitals' bench on November 22 when Washington was 6-14-1 and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. From there, he led the squad to a 37-17-7 mark and the Southeast Division title. Washington was seeded third and lost to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.
Carbonneau was the driving force behind a Montreal team that finished 2007-08 with 104 points as well as the Eastern Conference regular season title.
The other nominee was Detroit's Mike Babcock, who led the Red Wings to the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team in the regular season with 115 points.