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Former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau fired by Anaheim Ducks

Former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau fired by Anaheim Ducks

After another disappointing playoff result, Bruce Boudreau has been fired by the Anaheim Ducks, the team announced on Friday. Anaheim was ousted from the postseason in the first round on Wednesday with a Game 7 loss to the Nashville Predators.

“I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication to the franchise,” said Ducks general manager Bob Murray via a statement released by the team. “This was a very difficult decision to make. Bruce is a good coach and character person, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.”

The move came after Boudreau led the Ducks to their fourth consecutive division title only to lose in the playoffs. In each of the last four seasons, Anaheim has lost in a Game 7 at home after leading the series 3-2.

Boudreau, 61, started his NHL head coaching career with the Washington Capitals in 2007, leading the Caps to their first postseason berth since 2003. He would win the Jack Adams award as coach of the year for that 2007-08 season. The Caps, however, failed to advance past the second round in the playoffs in his four seasons and he was fired in 2011 after a slow start by the Caps.

Boudreau was hired by Anaheim in Nov. 2011. Anaheim failed to reach the playoffs in that season, but have made it every season since.

Just as in Washington, however, Boudreau's regular season success did not translate into the postseason. Only once were the Ducks able to advance past the second round, in 2015, when they were eliminated in the conference finals by the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim was twice eliminated in the first round under Boudreau.

Despite a regular season record of 409-192-80, playoff success has remained elusive for Boudreau and is the one knock on his otherwise sterling coaching career.

“On behalf of the Ducks organization, we would like to express our appreciation to Bruce and his wife Crystal for their commitment to our community,” said Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli. “Bruce led us to four division titles with tremendous passion and pride, and we will always be grateful for his contributions both on and off the ice.”


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3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

The Washington Capitals had not beaten the Dallas Stars at home since 2006, Alex Ovechkin's second season in the NHL. That streak ended on Tuesday in a 4-3 Caps win.

Here's how the Caps were finally able to down Dallas in Washington.

Oshie still hot

After going 19 straight games without a goal, T.J. Oshie has been red-hot of late with four goals in his last four games. He scored Washington’s first goal in what would become a three-goal period for the Caps as they battled back from a 1-0 deficit into a 3-3 tie through 40 minutes. Oshie also added an assist as he won a power play faceoff that John Carlson fed to Alex Ovechkin for the goal.


Ovechkin victimizing his favorite target

You knew Ovechkin would score given he was playing against one of his favorite targets. With his second period goal, Ovechkin now has 22 goals against Kari Lehtonen in his career, tied with Henrik Lundqvist for the most goals he has scored on any netminder. Lehtonen has not been in the Eastern Conference since the 2008-09 season. When he goes to sleep at night, Ovechkin is who he sees in his nightmares.

The Carlson-Klingberg duel

Carlson and John Klingberg entered Tuesday’s game each with 59 points, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. Carlson downplayed the matchup both before and after the game, but it was clear that both players were playing at another level all game long. While both players tallied two points on the night, you have to give the win to Carlson as he had the most significant point, a game-winning goal in the third period.


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Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history

Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history

Alex Ovechkin further cemented his place in NHL history, John Carlson stayed hot and Braden Holtby was good when called upon as the Caps downed the Stars, 4-3, at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.

The victory was Washington’s fifth in the past six games. It also marked the Caps’ first win over Dallas in D.C. since 2006.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

Ovechkin scored his 44th goal of the season and the 602nd of his career in the second period to give the Caps a short-lived 3-2 edge in the second period.

The goal put Ovi back atop the league as he seeks a seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. It also pushed him past Jari Karri and into sole possession of 19th place on the NHL’s all-time list. Ovechkin has now victimized Kari Lehtonen 22 times, which is tied for the most goals he’s scored against a single netminder. (Henrik Lundqvist has also given up 22 goals to No. 8). Ovi also had a couple of secondary helpers.

2-John Carlson, Capitals

Carlson scored the game-winner 4:59 with left to play, blasting a one-timer past Lehtonen to put the Caps ahead 4-3.

Carlson also notched an assist, which allowed him to stay even with Dallas’ John Klingberg. Klingberg had two assists. Both players ended the game with 61 points—tied for the most among all NHL defensemen.    

3-Alexander Radulov, Stars

From his first shift, it was apparent that Radulov was determined to leave his mark on the game. And he did just that, recording a goal, an assist and boarding minor that bloodied Caps defenseman Michal Kempny. Radulov’s goal—a redirection of a John Klingberg shot—was his 26th and it evened the score, 2-2, in the second period.

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