Playoffs mean Boudreau’s back with yet another team
ST. PAUL, MINN. | Another prosperous NHL regular season has ended for former Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. Now with Minnesota, and in his ninth trip to the playoffs, comes the hard part.
No head coach in the history of the league who has lasted more than three years has a better regular season points percentage than Boudreau with his .658 mark from 458 wins, 217 regulation losses and 88 overtime or shootout losses. Since he landed his first such NHL job early in the 2007-08 season with Washington, Boudreau has been to the playoffs every year but one. That was 2011-12, after he was hired by Anaheim on the heels of his firing by the Capitals.
“He’s a great coach. There’s no other way to put it,” Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner said. “He knows hockey. He knows how to get guys to work hard.”
Yes, even in those ill-fated Game 7s, he’s just 1-7 — part of a lackluster playoff record that hangs over any discussion of Boudreau.
The Minnesota Wild, after just seven months of playing for him, are determined to remedy that.
“You can’t sit there and say that a guy can’t win in playoffs. He’s coaching the team the same way,” goalie Devan Dubnyk said. “We’re going to try our best not to think about that and to focus on just winning.”