Friday March 29 by The Hockey Daily
Bruce and his Ducks are enjoying tremendous success in the Western Conference this season. The Ducks are second in the Western Conference with an 8 point lead on the Los Angeles Kings for first in the Pacific Division. Winning the Pacific looks like a lock for the Ducks unless they suffer from a major collapse in the remaining portion of the regular season. Bruce’s coaching career is very impressive. He recently became the fastest coach to two hundred wins, which the shootout may have contributed to but Boudreau still deserves credit. He’s a winner. His career coaching record is 250-111-52. Boudreau’s NHL teams have finished 1st four times in five seasons. This year it appears like Bruce will finish first again.
Winning in the playoffs has been a problem for Bruce. Although his regular season coaching accomplishments are excellent, Bruce has not been passed the second round in the playoffs. He took the Washington Capitals and turned them into a very good regular season team that couldn’t go the distance when games mattered most in the Spring. It is hard to know if it was Bruce, the players, or a combination of the two that prevented Washington from going on a long playoff run, but Bruce will get a chance to prove it wasn’t him very soon with the Ducks. The Caps however, look like they may not make the playoffs this year. They are 11th in the East right now with fifteen games left to play. For the Caps to make it they will need to go on a winning tear the rest of the way.
Good coaches don’t stay jobless too long. Last season the Washington Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau November 28, 2011. Two days later the Anaheim Ducks hired him to lead the way in ending the recent struggles of the organization. It appears as though Bruce is well on his way to doing that. The Ducks are a very serious Cup contender for the first time since 2007-08 when many thought they could repeat as Cup champs.
Prove Em’ Wrong Bruce. With the playoffs just around the corner Bruce Boudreau will have a great chance to prove that he was not the problem in Washington. If his Ducks can achieve playoff success or win the Stanley Cup, Boudreau will be considered one of the best coaches in the game, if he isn’t already.