The last time the Anaheim Ducks hosted a Game 7, they came out of the gates and fell flat on their faces.
The Ducks would go on to lose 6-2 to the Los Angeles Kings in last year’s second-round series-decider. It was 3-0 before the first period had even ended.
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau is hoping to avoid a repeat of that performance on Saturday when the Ducks host the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, with a chance to play for the Stanley Cup on the line.
“I think last year’s Game 7, we were just a bunch of nervous Nellies,” he said. “Hopefully that happened in Game 6 and won’t carry over to Game 7.”
As you might have inferred, Boudreau did not think his team played with much poise in last night’s 5-2 defeat at United Center.
“We lost our composure for the first time I thought in the playoffs,” he said. “They scored the one goal. It was like, ‘Ah, what’s going on?’ We started scrambling all over. They got the momentum. We lost our composure.”
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