Ducks Fire Coach Bruce Boudreau After Early Playoff Exit
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have fired coach Bruce Boudreau after their first-round exit from the playoffs.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray announced the decision Friday.
Boudreau had spectacular regular-season success with the Ducks, leading them to four consecutive Pacific Division titles while going 208-104-40 in nearly five seasons in charge.
But the Ducks' last four seasons have ended with a Game 7 loss on home ice in the playoffs. The Ducks blew a 3-2 series lead in all four years, culminating in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Nashville in Game 7 of the first round.
Anaheim reached the Western Conference finals last season, losing in seven games to Chicago. That was the second straight year the Ducks were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions.