Anaheim Ducks Loses Bruce Boudreau's Coaching Debut After 3-0 Lead

The Ducks gained one point with the overtime loss.

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Ducks Vs. Flyers: Anaheim Squanders 3-0 Lead, Falls In Overtime 4-3 In Bruce Boudreau's Debut

For a while, it looked like the Anaheim Ducks would make a winner out of Bruce Boudreau Friday night in his first game behind the Anaheim bench. The Ducks led 3-0 midway through the second period, but ultimately lost in overtime 4-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers as Claude Giroux blasted a one-timer past Jonas Hiller at 3:29 of the extra period to the game-winning tally.

The Flyers were greatly aided by a double minor penalty called on Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks less than a minute into overtime. He was called for tripping Jakub Voracek, then was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for slamming his stick against the glass.

Hiller was peppered with shots all night, saving 43 of 47. The Ducks were outshot 8-1 in overtime and by a whopping 47-22 margin for the game.

Anaheim led 3-0 in the second period, but a pair of goals by Jaromir Jagr brought Philadelphia to within one in the final period. Scott Hartnell tied the game with 3:02 remaining in the third period, on an assist from Jagr. Kimmo Timonen had three assists for the Flyers.

Saku Koivu had a pair of assists in defeat for the Ducks, who host the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night at Honda Center.

For more news, information, and analysis regarding Ducks hockey, go to Anaheim Calling.

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Ducks Vs. Flyers: Bruce Boudreau's First Game With Anaheim

New head coach Bruce Boudreau faces his first test with his new team Friday night, as the Anaheim Ducks host the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center. The Ducks won on Wednesday 4-1 against the Montreal Canadiens, which snapped a seven-game losing streak for Anaheim. It was just the third win in 44 days for the Ducks, who are 3-12-4 in their last 19 games.

"At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said on Thursday. "Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership."

Corey Perry leads the Ducks with 11 goals this season and he has scored a goal in four consecutive games. Perry has at least one point in each of his last seven contests, including a goal and two assists in the win over Montreal on Wednesday.

The Ducks will have to deal with Claude Giroux, who leads the Flyers with 13 goals and 29 points in 23 games so far this season. Philadelphia is in the second game of a four-game road trip, but they haven't played since Saturday, a 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers. It should be an interesting contrast Friday night with one team coming off a five-day layoff facing an excited team playing their first game for their new coach.

Boudreau's Capitals beat the Flyers 5-2 in Philadelphia on October 20.

Friday night's 7 p.m. PST game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news, information, and analysis regarding Ducks hockey, go to Anaheim Calling.

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Bruce Boudreau Introduced As New Anaheim Ducks Head Coach

The Anaheim Ducks were in need of a change of some kind, as they were in the midst of one of their worst stretches in franchise history. Their 4-1 win Wednesday night over the Montreal Canadiens was just their third victory in their last 19 games. But it wasn't enough to save head coach Randy Carlyle's job, as he was dismissed in favor of Bruce Boudreau, who was recently let go by the Washington Capitals.

Boudreau was signed to a two-year contract by the Ducks on Thursday, and sounded like somebody excited for a new opportunity. "If I didn’t believe that this was a team that had the possibilities and the makings of something special, I think I would have sat at home and waited," Boudreau said in his introductory press conference. "But I don’t think opportunities like this come around every day, with the talent that we have here."

The other option for a change for Anaheim was a trade, and Bobby Ryan was the player most often mentioned in the last week or so. It was an option that Ducks executive vice president and general manager Bob Murray strongly considered.

"When you are struggling in a funk like we were, you get lots of phone calls. You always get phone calls. Sometimes you listen and sometimes you don’t. I’m not going to lie, I was listening," Murray said. "But don’t think for one second, the calls were just on Bobby. That was a popular one. But don’t think it was just him. I’m hoping everything settles down right now. I think it will."

Boudreau had Ryan on the same line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf during practice on Thursday. "I believe the first shift tomorrow they will be. Beyond that, we’ll have to see how they do," said Boudreau. The Ducks host the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night at Honda Center.

To discuss Boudreau, Carlyle and the Ducks, go to Anaheim Calling.

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Anaheim Ducks Fire Randy Carlyle, Hire Bruce Boudreau: 'We Are Optimistic We Can Turn This Season Around'

The Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night snapped their seven-game losing streak, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at Honda Center. Unfortunately for Anaheim, it was just their third win in their last 19 games, which was enough to get the most successful coach in franchise history, Randy Carlyle, fired. Bruce Boudreau, who was fired by the Washington Capitals on Monday, takes over in Anaheim.

"This was an extremely difficult decision," said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray in a statement on Wednesday night. "Randy is a terrific head coach, and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. We thank him greatly for his hard work and dedication to our franchise, not the least of which was a Stanley Cup championship. At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed. Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership."

Anaheim is currently 7-13-4, at 18 points, in 14th place in a 15-team Western Conference. They are currently 10 points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the eighth and final playoff spot. Last year, the Chicago Blackhawks were the eighth seed with 97 points; for Anaheim to reach that goal, they would need 79 points over their final 58 games, roughly a .681 winning percentage.

Boudreau was 201-88-40 in parts of five seasons in Washington D.C., a .672 winning percentage. His Capitals won the President's Trophy in 2009-2010 with 121 points. Washington was off to a 12-9-1 start this season, but Boudreau was let go after a slump that saw the Capitals lose six of eight and eight of 11 games.

As Chris at Anaheim Calling wrote, a change was needed:

The Ducks are currently 29th in the league in goals per game, they need a coach who will motivate/allow/inspire them to create more offense. Boudreau did exactly that in Washington, letting the reins off their forwards and turning them into a goal scoring machine. It backfired on him and cost him his job when he tried to pull them back in. Perhaps with a team that has been more restrained for the past six years or so, and with lessons learned, the change won't be as drastic in Anaheim, but they'll almost certainly become a more offensively minded group.

Carlyle had a 273-182-61 record in parts of seven seasons in Anaheim, a .588 winning percentage. He led the club to their only Stanley Cup Championship, in 2007, and made the playoffs in five of his six full seasons with the Ducks.

To discuss Boudreau, Carlyle and the Ducks, go to Anaheim Calling.

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Bruce Boudreau Replaces Randy Carlyle As Anaheim Ducks Head Coach

The Anaheim Ducks have had a busy night, as they've made a sudden change in their coaching staff. Apparently you can't let an opportunity at Bruce Boudreau pass you by.

Boudreau was unemployed for all of three days after he was axed by the Washington Capitals before he was swooped up. Boudreau was apparently slated to take over for Anaheim earlier today, which meant Ducks management knew current head coach Randy Carlyle was leading his final game all day long.

Boudreau had a successful four year sting with the Capitals, making the playoffs his first several seasons, finishing first in the Southeast from 2007 to 2011. Unfortunately, he never advanced beyond the Conference Semifinals and the team wasn't performing quite as well in the regular season this year, so he was let loose.

Carlyle also had a decent amount of success and led the Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup, but has only made it to the second round once in the past four years. The Ducks figured a change needed to be made, and they went with another successful name to try and boost the club.

To discuss Boudreau, Carlyle and the Ducks, go to Anaheim Calling.

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Ducks Vs. Canadiens: Anaheim Snaps Seven-Game Skid With 4-1 Win

Anaheim picked up their third win in their last 19 games.

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