The Ducks are in a big hole, having dropped both of their opening-round playoff games — at home, no less — to the Nashville Predators.
And to hear head coach Bruce Boudreau explain it, the club has only itself to blame.
“Too many penalties, for sure,” Boudreau said following his club’s second straight 3-2 loss to the Preds. “We were just stupid out there.”
The Ducks had 12 penalty minutes to Nashville’s four on Sunday night, and received just one power-play opportunity to Nashville’s five. One of the Anaheim’s transgressions proved especially costly — not long after David Perron interfered with Ryan Ellis late in the second period, Shea Weber slammed home what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Boudreau clearly wasn’t happy after the contest and, while he wasn’t pointing fingers, it’s not hard to guess which individuals he was upset with.
Ryan Garbutt took a bad unsportsmanlike conduct penalty midway through the game, and Corey Perry got nailed for two penalties in a three-minute span in the opening frame. The Ducks also seemed to get frustrated on numerous occasions throughout the night, which could’ve played a role in their lack of discipline.
And it’s that lack of discipline that really irked Boudreau.
“The penalties we take sometimes are just so selfish,” he lamented. “And so dumb.”