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Tables turned: Boudreau tips cap to Roy for goalie-pulling inspiration

Apr 28, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

The Anaheim Ducks’ stunning comeback in Game 6 was made possible due to coach Bruce Boudreau pulling goalie Jonas Hiller twice for the extra attacker.

The Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of the third period to force overtime, something that was made possible by Boudreau pulling Hiller initially with 2:26 to play.

After Bonino’s second of the night sent the Ducks on to the Pacific Division Final, Boudreau gave credit to Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy for the inspiration in pulling the goalie sooner than usual for helping spark the comeback.

I have to thank Patrick Roy. If he didn’t start pulling the goalie so early all year, I don’t think any of [us] would have,” Boudreau said.

Roy’s decision to pull the goalie earlier than normal has paid off well for his own Avalanche team and inspired others to help turn pressure in the other direction to their benefit.

Irony isn’t lost here seeing Boudreau giving credit to Roy after how they had their own run-in early this season in which Roy nearly knocked a glass partition down on the Ducks bench. Considering how Roy and Boudreau didn’t have very nice things to say about each other then, Boudreau tipping his cap to Roy now is rather delightful.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    In addition to pulling the goalie with 2+ minutes in a game, when a team is on a PP with less than two minutes left in ANY period, I think they should pull the goalie for a 6 on 4. It’s chancy; but, worth the risk.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Suggesting that teams play to win, vs play to “at least get a point”

  2. joey4id - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Roy is certainly the first coach who on a constant basis has pulled the goalie sooner than the what has been the norm. However, I remember Carlyle pulling Giguere with close to three minutes left in the third period in Detroit during the 07 WC finals. If memory serves me correctly the Ducks won game 5, 2-1, and then went home to win the series, and ultimately the Cup vs the Sens.

    • flash8910 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Andy Murray, when he coached the Kings, use to pull the goalie extremely early when down by multiple goals. I remember see him do it on a regular basis with 3 or 4 minutes left. When asked, he would say what’s the difference if you lose by 2 or 5 goals, a L is a L.

      • joey4id - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        I somehow think it’s less of a risk pulling the goalie early when you’re team is down by 2 as opposed to one.

  3. pastabelly - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    I never understood the hesitancy to pull the goalie early. What’s the difference in allowing an empty net goal with 2+ minutes versus 1+ minutes? Credit to Roy for having the balls to actually be the first in this era to do this.

    • avscup - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Funny how they have been great at this all season. Begs the question though, “why so much trouble with the power play?”

    • joey4id - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      It just a different mindset now. Prior to Roy it’s always been about mitigating the risks. More time on the clock means more risk of being scored on. With Roy it’s about the value benefit. More skaters equates to more scoring chances. Are going to see a shift at every level of hockey? I’m not sure, and here’s why. Newton’s law.

      Teams will allot more practice time for the both sides of the 6 on 5. Teams can put more emphasis on defending the 6 on 5, and devise tactics to perfect the takeaway, and hitting the empty net from their own zone, or chip the puck in the neutral zone and then the chase is on chase. Winning face offs has always been big, and this will become even more important of teams decide to shot for the net more often.

      What the coaches come up with to counter this tactic remains to be seen. it’s too early to affirm the early pull will become the new normal.


      However, the value benefit of pulling the goalie earlier when the opposing team is killing a penalty requires more thought.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      The measurement is usually how long do you think your team can maintain possession in the offensive zone.

  4. Wineshard - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Pulling the goalie on the PP with two minutes left in the first period would be insane.

    You know the SH team can ice the puck right?

  5. purpleguy - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Geez, I thought Saturday night’s game was a gut punch loss — that Ducks/Stars game was a gut punch combined with a kick to the you-know-whats for Stars fans. The only solace I can imagine is if Norm Green was there to be miserable.

  6. greej1938l - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    A no call last game. Is only reason he looks good today

    • avscup - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      He’s been doing it all year. Still whining in MN eh?

  7. getadealdonealready - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    if you get an extra skater, and are allowed to know the net off and hold guys it sounds like a no lose situation to me.

  8. greej1938l - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Congrats the refs gave you the game. Hope we don’t go back to CO so the officials can decide the game again

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      You do know that your team was given a PP with a few minutes to go for an often uncalled snowing the goaltender right?

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