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Boudreau, Vigneault exchange barbs prior to Ducks-Rangers

Nov 4, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

The Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers squared off nearly a month ago, but they certainly haven’t forgotten each other.

On Oct. 10, the Ducks whipped the Rangers 6-0 in one of New York’s worst losses of the season — what made it worse, though, was that it came on the heels of New York’s actual worst loss, a 9-2 blasting in San Jose.

Prior to Monday’s rematch at MSG, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault was asked what he remembered about the six-goal beating in Anaheim.

His reply was blunt:

That led Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau (who, in case you forgot, had an altercation already this season with Colorado’s Patrick Roy) to reply thusly:

It’ll be curious to see how all this plays out tonight, given Boudreau and Vigneault have no real history of animosity. In fact, when Boudreau picked the No. 8 Kings to upset top-seeded Vancouver in the opening round of the ’12 playoffs, he told CBC that Vigneault was “a really good coach.”

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  1. skr213 - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    What is this, high school?! Maybe they should both just get to work drawing up the X’s and O’s.

  2. canucks30 - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Vigneault always complains about “running up the score” when his teams get blown out.

    He had the same mentality whenever the Blackhawks would come into Vancouver and blow out the Canucks.

    If you don’t like it then do something about it.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      I made a discovery a couple weeks ago that never dawned on me before: Goals For is one of the higher seeding tiebreakers (I believe number 3 or 4). Any opportunity to score not taken is possibly hurting you in the standings.

      • scrappy1994 - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        Not true. It’s the differential between goals scored and goals against. There are only 4 main tiebreakers and this is number 4. It’s extremely rare that this tiebreaker is ever needed.

      • scrappy1994 - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        My bad. I should’ve said “not entirely true”.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        idk what part of what you said is different from what I said except that you think “rare” means “never,” but ok.

  3. raiderssuckballz - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Bruce is a big cry baby! Here we go again!

  4. 19to77 - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    It’s a telling measure of a coach when he whines about “running up the score” (or having the nerve to ice your top line for a late shift, apparently – my God, the drama). It tells you how soft they are. They get humiliated by a better team because they get out-competed, and their response isn’t to say “Yeah, we need to be better”, it’s “Wah, wah, they made us look bad!”

    Yeah, well, maybe show up to the hockey game next time, AV. Bruce Boudreau isn’t your babysitter, and he isn’t responsible for coddling your fragile ego.

  5. flash8910 - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    HAVE YOU SEEN THE DUCKS PP STATS??? They have the WORST PP In the NHL. They were bad then, and they are still bad.

    1. Vigneault should want them on the ice.
    2. Bruce definitely want them on the ice for practice.
    3. If you don’t want the other team’s PP on the ice, then don’t commit penalties.

  6. 1337ryan - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    As a Rangers fan I was “meh” on the Vigneault signing. Of course the beginning of the season pissed me off and now this. Don’t complain about a team putting their best PP unit on the ice. Childish whiner. Maybe I’d like him more if he had entertaining press conferences like Torts. That’s all I miss about him.

  7. mikemaric - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Running up the score is in bad taste. Even though it is the pros, showing respect to your opponent is important. That is why they shake hands after each round of the playoffs and guys pat each other on the back after fighting.

    There is a “code” amongst coaches too. Running up the score is against the code IMO.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      come on man, they aren’t mites. nobody’s getting dejected and quitting the team. they’re men, they’re grown ups, they should be able to deal with big losses, or at the very least, suit up for their next game. it’s time that they revise their code to not include something that matters in standings.

  8. stakex - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    All I can say is that, if you don’t want to get blown out and have someone run the score up on you….. don’t suck. Not to mention, as ibieiniid pointed out, goals for is actually a tie breaking stat in the standing and as such running up the score can have a practical impact on the standings.

    Also something no one has mentioned is that the fans are there to see a game played at full speed for 60 minutes, not watch 4th liners on the power play because the game is already over. No matter the score, teams should be playing as though its a 0-0 tie if for no other reason then to entertain the fans who paid ridiculous prices to watch them.

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