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Ducks coach Boudreau: ‘That first period was like men against boys’

May 17, 2014, 1:51 AM EST

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The L.A. Kings got off to a fast start in Friday’s Game 7 showdown. Too fast for their opponents, the Anaheim Ducks.

The Kings worked up a 3-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes, on goals from Justin Williams – we’ve talked about him and his Game 7 prowess a lot, haven’t we? – Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. The Ducks, well, they couldn’t get much of anything going in the offensive end, except for a Corey Perry penalty shot attempt that was thwarted by Jonathan Quick.

And as soon as this game had started, it was essentially over. We’ve seen comebacks before in these playoffs. Not tonight. And the Kings kept pushing, chasing rookie goalie John Gibson from the Anaheim net in the second period and eventually winning this game and the series.

By the sounds of it – and by the looks of it, too – the Ducks simply weren’t prepared for this game.

“I think we were individually and collectively blown away by what they were doing,” said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, as per Curtis Zupke of NHL.com.

“That first period was like men against boys, quite frankly. They were bigger, stronger faster, seemed more determined,” he added.

And with that, the Kings advance back to the Western Conference Final for the third consecutive year. That’s impressive.

Added Boudreau, as per Greg Beacham of the Associated Press: I want to give the Los Angeles Kings a little bit of credit. They played like Stanley Cup champions.”

  1. endusersolutions2013 - May 17, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    So now they get to play against the current SC champs, who not only beat the Kings 4-1 on their way to another recent SC championship, Hawks have played well against the Kings last 2 years, have played 2 less games in the playoffs and have a 3 day rest advantage.

    Series ON!!!!!

    • hrudey - May 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Chicago’s a hell of a team. LA’s improved since last season though – last season the talk was whether Kopitar was injured because he wasn’t producing, and neither really was anyone else; this season he’s the leading point scorer in the postseason and Gaborik’s the leading goal scorer in the playoffs. It should be a great series, though the extra day between the first few games will be annoying (though, of course, mitigate that whole rest advantage somewhat).

  2. bruceboudreauchokejob - May 17, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Coach Boudreau, please see my screen name, I created it just for you.

    • r8rbhawk - May 17, 2014 at 2:03 AM

  3. blomfeld - May 17, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    “That first period was like men against boys, quite frankly” …

    Hey Kojak, how about men against ‘cute’ little ducklings ? :)

    • President Charles Logan - May 17, 2014 at 2:43 AM

      Dumbfeld all the real Kings fans on here cant stand you being on the bandwagon… go away already

      • joey4id - May 17, 2014 at 7:27 AM

        Shut the f up you parasite.

      • President Charles Logan - May 17, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        awwww busted again

      • President Charles Logan - May 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        make up a few more screen names loser

  4. canucks30 - May 17, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    2008: Boudreau’s Capitals lose Game 7 on home ice to the Philadelphia Flyers.

    2009: Boudreau’s Capitals lose Game 7 on home ice to the lower seeded Penguins blowing a 2-0 series lead in the process.

    2010: Boudreau’s Capitals blow a 3-1 series lead and the Presidents’ Trophy winners lose Game 7 on home ice to the 8th seeded Canadiens.

    2013: Boudreau’s Ducks blow a 3-2 series lead and lose Game 7 on home ice to the lower seeded Red Wings.

    2014: Boudreau’s Ducks blow a 3-2 series lead and lose on home ice in Game 7 to the lower seeded Kings.

    =

    Boudreau’s teams (which are offensive superpowers in the regular season) are choking dogs come playoff time.

    • bruceboudreauchokejob - May 17, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      agreed

    • thundabolt - May 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      You forgot one.

      2011: Boudreau’s #1 seed Capitals get swept in the second round by the #5 seed Lightning.

  5. dubblelznhell - May 17, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    In a world of 7 billion eaters, someone’s gotta choke…

  6. rupp246 - May 17, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    That was the most impressive start by any team in the playoffs so far, the kings were not going to be denied. Looking forward to the semis, go rangers!

  7. joey4id - May 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Another hockey/sports cliche from an NHL coach. Game 7s are when you separate the boys from the men. Eh! imnotyourbuddy. Have you heard that one during your playoff heroics? BTW, how many concussions have you suffered and when do you think you’ll be healthy again?

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