|"When you aren’t the one team left standing, everybody has the same attitude at the end of the year." |
Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau talked to the media Monday afternoon during the Ducks' exit interview day, reflecting on the season and his team's disappointing end to the playoffs.
On whether he watched Game 1 between the Kings and Blackhawks,
I hate using this word, but I was bored out of my tree yesterday because I had nothing to do. I sort of refused to watch the game, but you always find yourself drifting back and you’re like, Let me just see the score. Then you watch for five minutes, and then get mad because you feel you should be the one playing. When you aren’t the one team left standing, everybody has the same attitude at the end of the year. On regretting any moves that were made in the playoffs,
Not in my mind. We played who we thought we’d play, and like I’ve said during the playoffs, every game is its own entity. We played the players we thought would win us that game. If you look back and second-guess yourself, you’re going to be in trouble because you can do that in life all over the place. It doesn’t work. It only adds to more stress for yourself. We gave it a good shot, I thought. It was one of those series where the Ducks and the fans of the Ducks would say it should have been over in 5. Everything plays out differently. Who’s to say we win Games 3 and 4 if we don’t lose Games 1 and 2. On Game 7 against the Kings,
I think Game 7 was an anomaly. I think some guys were too wound up, and other guys didn’t want to make a mistake. The combination of that was us making a lot of mistakes. We’ll live and learn off of that, I hope. On earning home ice this season,
I think it’s overrated that you play 82 games to get home ice. You play 82 games to get as high in the standings as you can because you’re competitive and you want to win. I don’t think any team, quite frankly, really cares where they’re playing. They love the fact that with home ice they don’t have to travel and you’re playing in front of your fans. But I don’t think anyone fears playing in another team’s building anymore. On the depth of the organization,
I think there is really good depth here. The Norfolk team has a lot of good young players. Maybe they’re not ready for the NHL next year, but they’re getting close already. The depth here in this organization is much better than an awful lot of organizations. It should be able to continue and definitely be a very competitive team next year. On Saku Koivu,
I thought Game 4 and Game 5, he was as good as we had at center. His ice time went down when we needed a goal. I thought, as the guy who changed lines, if you were going to go down to three lines, Perreault, Bonino and Getzlaf were better than putting Saku on as far as an offensive player goes. He’d win faceoffs, he would compete, he would do a great job. I don’t know what the plans are for him, what his mindset is or what Bob’s mindset towards him is. It’s just one of those things you wait out and see. On young players stepping up,
Patrick Maroon came in and took Emerson [Etem]’s job, just like Hampus [Lindholm] came in and maybe took [Luca] Sbisa’s job when he got hurt. This is what good young players do, they push people out of positions. I think if you look at [Devante] Smith-Pelly, for example, he was pushed out of a position, and he came back up and proved he was gonna be a really good player. That’s what young players do. They make it tough on the older guys because they want to play and they want to be up here. On the Game 1 loss,
Anytime they tie it up with seven seconds to go, it haunts you. I thought we overcame it pretty well by winning Games 3, 4 and 5. But we’ll look back and I’ll be telling all my friends that if we would have won Game 1, we would have won it in five. But who knows if that would have been the case. We were scored on twice this season when the other team pulled the goalie. Once was New Jersey when Jagr scored, and this was the other time. I think we were 47-1 with the lead going into the third period. I think our record stands for itself, that we were pretty good with the lead. That last play, there were so many things that were just off by a half-second, and it would have changed a lot. But that’s just sour grapes. On reflecting on the season,
We were the fifth-to-last team standing, and we’re talking as if we didn’t make the playoffs. We didn’t play well in Game 7, and I can’t see me saying that about any other game in the playoffs. We hate it, but at the same time, it is what it is. You don’t like the outcome, but everything could have changed. We’re going to start in training camp, and we’re gonna be hungry to go again. Everyone as a team will want to do better than they did this year. That’s why you take two months off. You get a chance to regroup and everything. Right now, there are a lot of drained people, coaches as well. We need to get our juices flowing again, and that will come by September. We should be able to do again what we did this year, I hope.