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Boudreau stunned Hiller wasn’t named star of the week; says Malkin “had one game out of four”

Jan 18, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

Just to follow up on the Weezer-inspired headline from the Morning Skate: Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t only taking issue with an alleged East Coast bias — he’s also got beef with how the NHL selects its stars of the week.

“There’s no way that [Jonas] Hiller shouldn’t have been one of the three stars of the week,” Boudreau told the OC Register. “I mean, good God, Malkin had one game out of four and he gets third star.

“So, I mean, what Hiller did, if he didn’t get first star he should have at least been second or third.”

Hiller went 2-0-1 with a shutout, stopping 62 of 65 shots last week. The Register notes that, at one point, Hiller went six-and-a-half periods of regulation without allowing a goal — very similar numbers to the NHL’s first star, Craig Anderson, who also only allowed three goals and posted a shutout.

That said…Malkin might be the wrong guy to call out. Sure, the majority of his scoring came in a 6-3 win over Tampa Bay — a natural hat trick and five points — but he also netted the game-winning goal against Florida and led all NHLers in scoring last week, with seven points.

That said, Boudreau remained defiant in his stance that the NHL overlooks Anaheim players.

“It’s amazing how the Ducks don’t get the love from those guys,” he said.

  1. T-Bone and the Hockey Doggz - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Hiller might have been considered for the star selection if this was the first or second week of the season. The bottom line is the Ducks are out of the picture, therefore nobody really cares. Hiller and the Ducks would have to go on a monumental run (even more insane than last year) to perk up anybody’s ears.

    • johnyjags - Jan 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Everyone was saying the same thing last year… “Oh it’s March, The Ducks are 14 points out of a playoff spot, they are done”….Bam finished 4th ….A lot of hockey to be played bud

  2. kschmitty33 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    BBQ Bruce should just keep his mouth shut and get his team winning.
    He’s been fired once this season…….

  3. elvispocomo - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Welcome to the West, Bruce.

  4. tk1966 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    This guy is STILL obsessed with the Penguins.

  5. Stiller43 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Looks like he’s still a caps coach hating on the pens.

    Good luck down the road you tub of lard.

  6. mattcmcpherson - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Where was the east coast bias when Corey Perry was named MVP?

    Not saying it doesn’t exist, but the guy only faced 65 shots in 3 games. That says as much about the team defence over that stretch as it does about Hiller’s play.

  7. Kristenaux - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Being a Pens fan, I have more than a few choice words I could offer Bruce, but his “east coast” team quit on him for a reason. Yes, there are biases in the NHL & yes, one of them is against the west. Sad but true. However, you don’t start taking deserving players apart because this exists. If you have a problem with it then go after the NHL!

  8. tomahawk12 - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Any team other than the Penguins and he wouldn’t have said a word. Period.

  9. johnyjags - Jan 18, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Ducks will make the playoffs …. MARK my words!

  10. wschopp - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    I am a Pens fan and I will say that the one thing about Boudreau that I like is that he has passion for the game and his team. He stuck by the Capitals players even though in his heart he knew they were a bunch of pansies with no sacks and knew Ovie stands for Overrated but he stuck by him anyway. Caps players couldnt buy into defense because most aren’t all around players. When your best D-man is Mike Green, you’re in trouble! If any of you watched 24/7 Pens-Capitals, you would notice that the Capitals pretty much build their whole season around how many times they can beat the Penguins and at the start blamed their lack of success on HBO but then praised them when they won the WC, which to Washington is almost as good as a Cup. Hiller probably did deserve a better fate, but to single out Malkin still shows he has that Caps mindset, which he really needs to shed if he wants to make it in Anaheim. Good luck Bruce, I found you to be honest and entertaining in 24/7 and think you deserve a bit better than you got stuck with in Washington.

    • babykaby - Jan 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Give me a break. Another ill-informed lunatic from the Pitt heard from again. Sometimes I think there is nobody but Pens fans responding to hockey blogs. Don’t you guys get tired of spewing the same nonsense over and over. Are you still crying over last years WC? Get over it. There’s already been another one played since then, in case you had your head up your butt and missed it. You Pens fans need to get a life. OMG, I’m reading your crap, apparently I need to get one too.

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