The Anaheim Ducks wasted no time in firing head coach Bruce Boudreau after losing in Game 7 to the Nashville Predators Wednesday night.
The Ducks fell by a final score of 2-1. Nashville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Colin Wilson at 6:19 and Paul Gaustad at 15:53. Ducks center Ryan Kesler scored an early power-play goal at 1:45 of the third period to bring the Ducks within one, but Anaheim was unable to tie the game. The Ducks were eliminated from playoff contention despite earlier holding a 3-2 series lead.
Wednesday’s first-round loss marks the fourth consecutive postseason in which the Ducks have lost a game seven on home ice, despite winning the Pacific Division in four consecutive seasons. It is also the fourth consecutive postseason in which the Ducks have lost in game seven after blowing a 3-2 series lead.
The Ducks mounted an impressive comeback in the 2015-16 campaign, climbing from last place to first place and winning the division by the end of the season. However, a first-round exit was an unacceptable and almost unfathomable outcome for this Anaheim team. It was an especially tough blow considering both the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings had been eliminated from the playoffs, which would have considerably improved the Ducks’ chances of making it to the Stanley Cup Final.
Boudreau was dismissed after five seasons behind the Anaheim bench. He boasts a staggering 1-7 career record in game seven’s with the Ducks and Capitals.
Boudreau and the Ducks went 208-104-40 but reached the Conference Finals only once in five seasons. Boudreau’s career coaching record is 409-192-80.
“I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication to the franchise,” general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. “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.”
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