Bruce Boudreau speaks for us all after confusing goalie interference review

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Bruce Boudreau’s frequently one of the most colorful coaches to watch during a big game … sometimes literally.*

He’s provided some entertaining moments of frustration, with his … frank reaction to a Mathew Dumba penalty ranking among the highlights of Game 5.

Whether you feel that Nino Niederreiter should have been called for goalie interference on a would-be goal or not, the Twitter consensus is that the call is becoming about as clear as what constitutes a catch in an NFL game.

With that in mind, Boudreau’s gesture spoke for us all after the tally was not allowed on Saturday:

Check out video above. It’s been a hectic third period, as the Blues aren’t out of the woods even after a nice Paul Stastny goal where he squeezed the puck through an unlikely window.

Here’s a shot of the interference in GIF form, too.

Even Kerry Fraser didn’t know which way to call the review, by the way. A bit of a mess for the NHL, eh.

(Oh, and the game is now tied 3-3, so check it out on NBC.)

* – Seriously, it gets a little worrisome when his face goes red. It’s not unlike Barry Trotz’s nervous eyebrow(s).

Boudreau rips Pietrangelo’s ‘cheap’ hit on Parise

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Minnesota head coach Bruce Boudreau was happy, quite obviously, with his team’s 2-0 win over the Blues on Wednesday night — the Wild’s first victory of the series.

But he wasn’t happy with the way it ended.

On Thursday, Boudreau sounded off on St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo for a hit on Zach Parise with time expiring.

“It was cheap,” Boudreau said, per Wild radio host Kevin Falness. “It was cheap. They knew the game was over, there was one second left.

“If this was 1984 or ’78, that guy would’ve had a stick right in his face. But they don’t do that anymore.”

Pietrangelo wasn’t penalized for the hit, which set off a fairly large scrum to end the contest.

Today’s remarks could be seen as further gamesmanship from Boudreau, who’s desperate to keep his team alive after it fell into a three-games-to-none series deficit. The veteran bench boss began pulling out the stops prior to Game 4.

From the Star-Tribune:

In a ruse to throw the Blues off his scent, Boudreau deployed four forward lines in pregame warmups that were different from the ones he used in the game.

The cunning coach, who was visibly and audibly uptight earlier in the day, scrambled everything and went with the publicized lines from Tuesday’s practice.

“When you’re down 3-nothing, it’s ‘all the tricks are out of the bag’ type thing,” Boudreau said.

Game 5 of the series goes on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, from Minnesota (on NBC).

Boudreau walks into this one by viewing Wild’s next contest ‘like a Game 7’

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It’s tough not to feel bad for Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau … unless you’d rather just make fun of him.

Boudreau said that he’s not going to criticize his team’s efforts after the St. Louis Blues opened up a startling 3-0 series lead against the Wild, and it’s easy to see why. Luck can be pretty cruel and fickle in the playoffs, and as it stands, Minnesota just can’t seem to solve Jake Allen.

Still … some of his comments made it pretty easy for his hecklers.

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OK, one in particular:

Considering Boudreau’s history in Game 7 situations, well, people were already making jokes:

Harsh.

The range of reactions for Boudreau making a Game 7 reference (and the Wild’s unfortunate start so far) basically go from discomfort/awkwardness:

To glee:

Poor Bruce.

Check out Boudreau’s full thoughts in the clip below. The Wild and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo also provided other quality reactions in their respective feeds.

The Wild play Game 7 4 against the Blues on Wednesday.

‘It’s not as dire as they think’: Boudreau knows a thing or two about being down 0-2

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Bruce Boudreau has been in this position before.

It’s the fourth time in his career that his team finds themselves down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series.

In 2009, Boudreau’s Capitals dropped Games 1 and 2 at home against the New York Rangers, but they managed to storm back and win the series in seven games. They’re one of just 18 teams in NHL history to win a series after losing the first two games at home (the 2011 Bruins were the last team to do it).

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But things didn’t go as well in 2014 and 2016 when he was the head coach for the Anaheim Ducks. Both times, the Ducks were eliminated from the playoffs, but in each case, they managed to stretch the series to seven games.

Given all of his experience, you can understand why Boudreau isn’t throwing in the towel just yet.

“I mention it to draw from the experience,” he said, per the St. Louis Dispatch. “It’s the third time that it’s happened. Successfully we’ve won it once. Unsuccessfully we lost in seven both other times. Just trying to explain to (the Wild) that it’s not as dire as they think.”

As confident as Boudreau might be, dropping Game 3 on Sunday afternoon would be a huge blow to his team’s chances of mounting a comeback.

Their biggest obstacle is finding a way to put the puck in the net. Through two games, the Wild have only managed to score two goals on Jake Allen. That’ll have to change in a hurry if they want to extend this series.

Game 3 will go Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET. To stream the game, click here

 

Wild need a win, but Boudreau cautions: ‘If we’re not ready to play, we’re in trouble’

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The Minnesota Wild play the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Facing the worst team in the NHL would seem, at least on paper anyway, to be the perfect remedy to the Wild’s recent struggles — just four wins since the beginning of March and a fall from first in the Central Division.

As the losses have piled up in Minnesota, so, too has coach Bruce Boudreau’s frustration with the way his team has been playing, the latest evidence of this occurring during a media availability with reporters prior to Sunday’s game.

He didn’t say much. But that should speak volumes.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Q: The team showed little drive against an opponent it might face in the playoffs. How disappointing was that? A: You’re going to have to talk to them about it, not me. Because I can’t get inside their drive.

Q: What’s the message to players today? A: We’ve got to go out there and win a game. That’s what we’ve got to do. If we’re not ready to play, then we’re in trouble.

Devan Dubnyk starts in goal for the Wild.

First place in the Central is no longer a possibility for the Wild, but with four games remaining on their schedule, including today’s contest, they can use that time to try to rediscover themselves heading into the playoffs.