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Ducks coach Boudreau fastest in modern era to 300 wins

Mar 1, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau joined lofty company in the annals of coaching last night.

When the Ducks knocked off the St. Louis Blues, Boudreau earned his 300th career coaching win. By getting it in his 496th career game, he became the first coach in the modern era to do so before reaching 500 games.

The previous record holder? Hockey Hall of Famer Toe Blake who won his 300th game in his 525th game. Boudreau was also the fastest to 200 wins, but he was fired after losing his next game.

Things are likely going to turn out better this time around for Boudreau, but he was rather humble about his accomplishment last night.

Boudreau has more wins ahead of him as the Ducks are atop the Western Conference and hold a seven point lead on the Sharks in the Pacific Division.

  1. lowenni - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Definitely one of the best coaches in hockey. I call him the Peyton Manning of NHL coaches because despite his immense success, his postseason failures are what many choose to focus on. While he has coached some really good teams, he’s generally the one that makes them really good. He’s turned around both the Caps and Ducks and there are few better at getting maximum offense from a team from Line 1 to Line 4. Congrats to his 300th win, on the same day his former player Ovi gets 800.

  2. lowenni - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Also, as great of an accomplishment as this is, Jagr scored his 700th goal and Ovi scored his 800th point today. Why is this up before/instead of those things?

    • c9castine - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      because he basically just set an NHL record and it happened last night.

  3. canucks30 - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    How many of those wins were shootout wins? An advantage not afforded to Toe Blake, Scotty Bowman, and Al Arbour (among others) who accumulated hundreds of ties in their Win/Loss record.

    Boudreau’s record deserves an *

  4. canucks30 - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    FYI Dan Bylsma only needs 59 wins over the next 119 Penguins games to break this “record”. That’s a sub-.500 win percentage.

    And once again, aided by gimmick shootout wins.

    • c9castine - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      i knew Dan was likely to break this “record”, thanks for the numbers….

      but you do make a good point. post-2005 kind of creates its own era.

      • c9castine - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        i should add that despite that, Boudreau and Bylsma are clearly the best two coaches to come out since that time.

  5. canucks30 - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Boudreau’s career playoff record is 20-24…

    • jennettalia - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Playoff records from a Canucks fan.

  6. canucks30 - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Todd McLellan also has an outside shot at breaking this “record” as he needs 42 wins over the next 57 games.

    • enollatsknarf - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      You are really obsessed with this “record” (quotes added by you of course). Did Boudreau hurt your feelings somehow?

      • canucks30 - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        It’s nothing personal against Boudreau.

        I just think comparing win totals from an era with and without shootout sis foolhardy.

      • canucks30 - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        It’s nothing personal against Boudreau.

        I just think comparing win totals from an era with and without shootout is foolhardy.

  7. muckleflugga - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    bylsma …?

    lmao … where you buying your smoke son

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