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Boudreau, after picking Kings to win Cup: “I can’t really sit here and say, ‘I hope they win'”

May 11, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

Shortly after signing a two-year extension to coach the Anaheim Ducks, Bruce Boudreau clarified his decision to pick Los Angeles — Anaheim’s bitter rival — to win the Stanley Cup.

“I’m happy in the sense that I think it will grow hockey in Southern California,” Boudreau said of the Kings’ playoff success. “But, I gotta be honest, I can’t really sit here and say, ‘I hope they win.’”

See, Boudreau can’t openly root for the Kings now that he’s embroiled in the Freeway Face-Off. Linked by Interstate 5 and a shared dislike for one another, Anaheim and Los Angeles have built up a healthy rivalry — but it’s the Ducks that hold major bragging rights.

They’ve won a Stanley Cup (in 2007). The Kings haven’t.

Haven’t yet, anyway.

“I didn’t want to do it, but I picked L.A. to win the West,” Boudreau told the OC Register. “I thought they were the toughest team we played, especially coming down the stretch when teams had to win.

“For years, I’ve liked [Jonathan] Quick. I think he’s a tremendous goaltender. I’ve had Dustin Brown [in AHL Manchester] and I’ve always loved what he’s done.”

Careful there, Bruce. You’re starting to sound awful complimentary.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Haha half a season in the west and he is acting like he has been coaching there for years.

  2. rsl22 - May 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I guess he decided against picking the Caps…

    • creasemasta41 - May 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      who wants to root for the guys that just fired him? if i was boudreau i would be pissed they’ve made it this far

  3. blomfeld - May 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    It’s Over Boudreau !

    Nobody cares about this idiot’s opinion ! Besides, this loud-mouthed, over-rated, “Darryl Sutter” wannabe, rotund, OC-based leech doesn’t know squat about the I-5, or any other freeway in So Cal for that matter ! … in fact, he doesn’t know anything about LA, period ! The KINGS rock and that’s all that matters ! :) :) :) :) :)

  4. sjsharks66 - May 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Dude I live 6 hours north of LA. The I-5 is like in my backyard lol

    • blomfeld - May 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Dude, I live 20 hours north of LA … so I’m not sure about your math, but in my books 20 is more than 6 which therefore makes me “way” more cool than you ! :)

  5. dannythebisforbeast - May 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Dude like really

  6. highlander24 - May 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I can really sit here and say I hope we win. GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!

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