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Coach Boudreau ‘concerned’ as Ducks limp towards playoffs

Apr 18, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 17: Fedor Tyutin #51 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is swarmed by his teammates after scoring the winning goal in overtime to win the game 3-2 against the Anaheim Ducks on April 17, 2013 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The danger of gaining a big lead over the competition in the early portion of the regular season is that you might lose steam going into the playoffs.

The Chicago Blackhawks have largely avoided that and the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t slowed down even after surging past the competition in the Eastern Conference.

The Anaheim Ducks have been a different story. They are 5-7-2 in their last 14 games and lost their third contest in a row on Wednesday.

“I’m concerned,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau admitted to NHL.com following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“I mean, when you want to win all the time, it’s a concern … you can’t use fatigue anymore as an excuse. It’s the same for everybody and these guys – it was their fourth game in six nights. What are you going to do?”

Even factoring in their recent struggles, not much has changed for the Anaheim Ducks from a seeding perspective. They’ve already secured their playoff spot and have a comfortable seven-point cushion in the battle for the Pacific Division. They might slip from the second to third seed, but even that seems highly unlikely.

So they don’t have much left to play for. Certainly not as much as a squad like the Blue Jackets, which are still fighting to get into the postseason. Teams want to stay sharp regardless, but at this point Boudreau hopes that their struggles are simply because they’ve all-but locked up the second seed.

“Deep down, I hope that’s the case,” Boudreau said. “If we’re playing as good as we can possibly play right now, then we haven’t picked it up as much as other teams have picked it up down the stretch.”

The Ducks will play in Calgary on Friday and then in Edmonton on Sunday and Monday. The Oilers and Flames won’t advance to the postseason, so those games will be a good opportunity for Anaheim to regain some lost momentum.

  1. blomfeld - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    CLEAR THE TRACK, HERE COME’S KOZAK !

    (actual sign hung by Blomfeld at a King’s game back in ’74 honoring # 24 Don Kozak)

    Like millions of others no doubt, I too would love for our glorious LA Kings to finally track down these quacks from Orange Country and claim “1st” in the Pacific Division. It’s a tall order friends for sure, especially with only 5 games remaining. But given “who and what” we are, I’m convinced that if anyone can do it, then that would be none other than us, the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. adambballn - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    A Boudreau coached team is having a great regular season and limping into the playoffs… where have we seen this before?

  3. thehighcountrybear - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Yeah…

    so Boudreau’s still pissed at Wings for taking the piss out of his Ducks back to back, showing up their vulnerabilities, not the least of which is lack of composure against quick tight checking play…

    take the night off girls, we’ll play the role of the lame duck, take the piss out of Wings for a change? Pudgy ponce!

    I think they’ve lost the plot, and I’m calling it Kings to repeat while hedging a side bet on Canucks, you just never know what might happen if they catch fire, the team, not the city?

    Fire’s burning, fire’s burning, draw nearer, draw nearer…

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Translation:

      Please, God, anybody but Chicago, otherwise I’m going to spend my nights crying into my pillow.

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