Getting faster and adding a booming shot on the power play were the
After the Ducks were outscored, 12-5, in losing the first two games of their five-game Eastern trip, Coach
"You make some trades on defense and you want to see different combinations but that's going to stop pretty soon," Boudreau said by phone from Boston. "We'll go with six defensemen and 12 forwards and get ready for what we have to get ready for. We're getting to the point where we have to put our team out there and we've got potential playoffs to prepare for. We've still got to win two or three more games, I figure, to make sure we get there.
"At the same time, you've got to prepare for the most important thing in your hockey season, the part in April through June."
Players held a meeting Wednesday in addition to going over video and skating for about half an hour.
"The players were angry at themselves," Boudreau said. "I think there was disappointment of 'How could we do this and play like that?' I know they're not feeling warm and fuzzy, like they were a week ago."
He wasn't feeling warm and fuzzy, either, unlike his emotions during consecutive victories over Minnesota, Nashville, the Kings and Colorado.
"I've been lucky to have good offensive teams in Washington and here last year," he said, "but at the same time, as a coach, there's pride in being a pretty good defensive coach. These past few games were disheartening."
The way to fix things, he said, is to simplify everything.
"When things go haywire you complicate things by trying to do too much," he said. "It's making cross-ice passes and doing things we shouldn't be doing. If we're down a goal, keep going and do the things we're supposed to be doing."
DUCKS VS. BRUINS
When: Thursday, 4 p.m. PDT.
Where: TD Garden.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830.
Etc.: After winning only five of their last 10 games, the Bruins have fallen a point behind surging Ottawa for the second East wild-card spot. Defenseman