Bruce Boudreau

Boudreau rips Ducks after blowout loss to L.A.

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Anaheim was blasted 6-0 by in-state rivals Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and head coach Bruce Boudreau was none too pleased by it.

“We were bad from the goaltender out,” Boudreau told the O.C. Register (paywall) following the game. “I gave them crap about their lack of compete.”

The loss, in which the Ducks were out-scored, out-shot and generally outworked, was only their second game of the preseason following a 6-2 win over Phoenix on Monday.

While some might see the L.A. loss as a blip on the radar, Boudreau pointed to an overall lack of work ethic — dating back to the start of training camp — as the culprit.

“We’ve had some guys that haven’t worked hard in training camp,” Boudreau explained. “They got to get back to the grindstone and start working.”

What’s more, the Ducks had a number of key players in the lineup: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Dustin Penner, Cam Fowler, Kyle Palmieri, Mark Fistric, Nick Bonino and Ben Lovejoy.

Penner said it was a pretty disappointing effort overall.

“They played fairly well and we played fairly poor,” he said. “Obviously it’s preseason. It’s a lot of guys first games.

“That being said, it’s not an excuse.”

Is Bruce Boudreau an elite NHL coach?

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When you look at Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, it’s tough not to grin.

Unfortunately, his expressive, amusing personality might obscure the fact that he’s put together an impressive run in his still fairly brief NHL coaching career. Considering the Ducks’ surprising run to the 2013 Pacific Division title and his track record of success – at least in the regular season – one must ask: is he one of the league’s best bench bosses?

A good barometer

The 2013-14 season could be a great test for that question, for one thing. Despite coming into what is technically his third campaign with Anaheim, it will mark a few firsts. It will be his first chance to coach the team for a full 82 games. Considering the lockout and taking over the team in the middle of the 2011-12 season, this will mark Boudreau’s first chance to run a traditional training camp.

With Bobby Ryan traded out of town and Teemu Selanne mulling over retirement, he might inherit a weaker roster.

It’s also well-documented that many stats bloggers believed that the Ducks’ 2013 successes was fluky.

Impressive results mixed with postseason disappointments

Even so, it’s tough to deny that success has followed Boudreau around.

In 435 games coached between the Ducks and Washington Capitals, Boudreau has compiled a 258-123-54 record and five division titles. Hockey reference places his points percentage at .655, which ranks just behind Dan Bylsma (.671) while besting a varied group of coaches that include Mike Babcock (.635), Ken Hitchcock (.596) and 2013 Jack Adams winner Paul MacLean (.566).

Again, he’s still relatively new to the gig compared to guys like Babcock and Hitchcock, but it’s worth noting that he’s had such a distinguished start.

Naturally, many focus on the way he finishes, instead. Despite those five division title runs, Boudreau’s teams haven’t gotten to a conference final series yet.

For many, the ice-cream loving coach won’t be named among the best until he wins bigger games.

Who knows when – or if – he’ll make a deep playoff run, but one thing seems certain: it’ll be fun to watch him try.

Sens’ MacLean, Ducks’ Boudreau, Hawks’ Quenneville are Jack Adams finalists

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The nominees for this year’s Jack Adams Award are Ottawa’s Paul MacLean, Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau, and Chicago’s Joel Quenneville, according to the NHL. The award will be given “to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.”

Overcoming adversity is something that all teams have to do, but no one had more roadblocks than MacLean’s Senators. They lost major pieces of their team for significant portions of the season, including the reigning Norris Trophy winner, Erik Karlsson, their top two goal scorers in 2011-12, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza, and starting goaltender Craig Anderson.

The Senators weren’t regarded as a juggernaut even when all those players were healthy and any one of those losses could have been justification for the team missing the playoffs. Instead Ottawa fought against the odds and managed to squeeze into the postseason.

Boudreau replaced Randy Carlyle as the Anaheim Ducks’ bench boss during the 2011-12 and since then the Ducks have bounced back in a huge way.

Anaheim captured the second seed in the Western Conference with a 30-12-6 record. It’s worth noting that the Ducks had their highest points percentage in franchise history. That means they would have bested their record of 110 points in a single season had they maintained that pace through a full 82-game campaign.

Boudreau previously won the Jack Adams Award in 2008.

This is also the season that everything seemed to come together for Joel Quenneville’s Blackhawks. They got off to a historic start to the season and went 21-0-3 before finally suffering their first loss in regulation time. They never slowed down significant and won the Presidents’ Trophy with a 36-7-5 record.

Quenneville won the Jack Adams Award in 2000 when he led the St. Louis Blues to the Presidents’ Trophy with a 51-19-11-1 record.

Ducks coach Boudreau feels ‘pretty whipped’ matching wits with Babcock

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Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is never a guy to mince words. When it comes to getting into a game of matchups with Detroit coach Mike Babcock, he has a lot of respect for him. He’s also pretty tired of trying to keep up with him.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press hears it from the gregarious Anaheim bench boss about working against a tactician like Babcock.

“I know at the end of each of these games, I’m pretty whipped. That tells me I’m having to do more thinking than I really want to do. And besides, when you’re trying to match wits with Mike (Babcock), who has been in every pressure situation in the world, it’s not the easiest thing.”

This series has been anything but easy for the West’s No. 2 seed. They’re in a Game 7 tonight against the Wings and if the games heads to overtime, like four others have, Detroit is 3-1 in the extra session. Boudreau’s going to need to have his brain cardio in tip-top shape tonight to avoid the upset.

Ducks’ coach Boudreau: ‘We need more out of Perry, Getzlaf’

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The Anaheim Ducks finished second in the Western Conference standings, but will be pushed to the limit by the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Red Wings forced a seventh and deciding game with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Ducks on Friday. The Ducks found themselves down two goals with less than four minutes remaining in the third period, but forced overtime with goals 51 seconds apart.

Henrik Zetterberg scored twice for Detroit, including in the winner.

Zetterberg also had an assist for a three-point night. His teammate, Pavel Datsyuk, also had three points in the win.

Meanwhile, the duo of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf combined for just one assist, which came on Bobby Ryan’s tying goal that sent the game to overtime.

The Red Wings’ big-name players were simply better than the Ducks’ big-name players, at least on Friday.

“I think we need more out of Corey, out of [Getzlaf]; I mean, we rely on them,” Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told NHL.com.

“But we’ve been a four-line team all year long. The Palmieris and the Etems are the guys playing as good as anybody right now. If we can equalize Zetterberg and Datsyuk, I think we’ve got a good chance.”