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Boudreau will talk to Hiller about chucking teammates under the bus

Dec 6, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller sharply criticized his teammates following Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Minnesota. Now he’ll get a talking-to from head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Hiller carved the Ducks after allowing four goals on 35 shots against the Wild, pushing his record to a dismal 6-11-5. That proved to be the boiling point for the (usually) reserved Swiss netminder.

“It looks like we’re there, but we’re not really there,” Hiller told the OC Register. “We’re kind of physically there but probably mentally already in the other zone or, I don’t know, still in the dressing room.”

Hiller also had major issues with Minnesota’s game-winning goal (pictured, right) when Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa defenended Nick Johnson‘s stick rather than his body, allowing Johnson to get inside position and score.

“I think that’s where you can see why we’re not winning,” Hiller said. “It’s kind of like those guys always seem to get inside…to kind of walk through two guys and suddenly get a two-on-one out of nothing.

“Even though we have guys back, it seems like we’re just too cute.”

When appraised of the comments, Boudreau issued a mild warning to his goaltender.

“If it continues, it would backfire,” he said. “I think he’s a pretty quiet guy. That’s out of character for him so I believe guys would take that to heart. We’ll chat about that.

“He was frustrated. There is a lot of frustration going on right now. Hopefully we can change that.”

Hiller wasn’t the only outspoken Duck following the team’s 18th defeat in 21 games. Defenseman Toni Lydman said his goalie’s criticisms were legitimate and didn’t mind him voicing his opinion.

“Jonas sees everything out there,” Lydman said. “He’s the last guy so he sees what’s going on. I think he has a right to be upset with the way we played the second period.”

  1. lsxphotog - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    The fact that Selanne isn’t wearing a C still blows my mind. Also, someone had to say it, so the guy who gets thrown under the bus for every goal did. You never want someone to creep on the inside, especially when you’re a center or defenseman. When you crowd the goalie, pucks go in. Most rebounds aren’t the juicy kind on your tape, they’re the rebounds that roll of the goalie by your feet in the crease. If there is another player there who isn’t on your team, someone made a mistake and the red light will probably be on very soon. I feel that defense is at an altime low for the league in a while. The play in your own zone can be the most crucial.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      It’s a shame. His loyalty to Anaheim is admirable, but he’s only got one Cup to show for it. The way he plays, his leadership abilities, and his absurdly low salary for the level of production he brings should see him on any of the real contenders, winning every other year. The guy deserves better, and half the teams in the NHL would sell big parts to give it to him.

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