Avs, Ducks meet for first time since Roy-Boudreau fireworks

It was a long time ago, but few have forgotten Patrick Roy’s NHL coaching debut — a 6-1 thrashing of the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 2, that ended with Roy engaged in a spirited yelling/glass shoving match with Bruce Boudreau:

The Avs and Ducks will meet tonight for the first time since that incident, one Roy says helped forge a relationship with his team.

“All along, I had been talking about partnership with my players, and let them know I’m with them. And when that thing happened at the end it certainly gave me an opportunity to show them that I am with them,” Roy said, per NBC 9 News Denver. “It’s nice to talk, but sometimes talk is cheap. It was an opportunity to show them I am with them in a good and bad situation I’ll be behind these guys.”

That said, Roy admitted the $10,000 fine handed down for his actions wasn’t the greatest.

“Obviously I would have loved to save 10 grand,” he remarked. “But it was part of it.”

As for Boudreau — who, following the incident, called Roy’s actions “bush league” — he considers the yelling match ancient history.

“It’s so far gone, long ago, I have no idea,” Boudreau said, per the OC Register. “This is the first I’ve thought of it. My whole focus is on what our team is.

“Whatever Patrick did or has done, it’s got his team playing fabulous.”

Boudreau is right on that last point.

The Avs are 7-3-0 in their last 10 and have 91 points on the season — two back of Anaheim heading into tonight’s action. Colorado would actually surpass the Ducks in the standings with a regulation win tonight, and put further distance between itself and Chicago in the ultra-competitive Central Division.

Slumping Ducks ‘still make the same mistakes,’ says Boudreau

Bruce Boudreau

To hear Bruce Boudreau explain it, Monday night’s 3-1 loss to Toronto was deja vu all over again.

“We went over everything,” Boudreau said, per the L.A. Times. “Everything they do, we went over. Then, we still make the same mistakes.”

The 3-1 loss to Toronto was Anaheim’s third in a row and sixth in its last 10. Boudreau described his club’s recent play as a “funk” and, judging by the schedule, it’s easy to see when the funk started (which sounds like a Bootsy Collins lyric, but I digress):

— On Jan. 15, the Ducks pounded Vancouver 9-1 for their eighth straight victory, putting them at 36-8-5 on the year and first in the NHL.

— Since then, the Ducks have gone 7-7-2 and a startling 4-6-2 at the Honda Center, a place where they normally terrorize opponents (remember, Anaheim started the year 20-0-2 at home).

A big reason for this failing? The power play. A unit you’d expect to thrive with the likes of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry has failed to click of late, scoring just once in its last 19 opportunities. Offense in general has been an issue for the Ducks since the beginning of February, as they have 19 goals in nine games — an average of 2.1 per.

All that said, don’t expect the Ducks to keep struggling.

The schedule maker was very kind to Anaheim with regards to the stretch drive, as the Ducks play the majority of their games against teams on the outside of the playoff picture. That includes five contests against the Alberta teams (Calgary x2, Edmonton x3), two against the Canucks (who the Ducks are unbeaten against and have outscored 16-5) and single affairs against Washington, Florida, Winnipeg and Nashville.

Ducks coach Boudreau fastest in modern era to 300 wins

Bruce Boudreau

Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau joined lofty company in the annals of coaching last night.

When the Ducks knocked off the St. Louis Blues, Boudreau earned his 300th career coaching win. By getting it in his 496th career game, he became the first coach in the modern era to do so before reaching 500 games.

The previous record holder? Hockey Hall of Famer Toe Blake who won his 300th game in his 525th game. Boudreau was also the fastest to 200 wins, but he was fired after losing his next game.

Things are likely going to turn out better this time around for Boudreau, but he was rather humble about his accomplishment last night.

Boudreau has more wins ahead of him as the Ducks are atop the Western Conference and hold a seven point lead on the Sharks in the Pacific Division.