The entertainment value of an
The Ducks (43-14-7) have gotten only one point in their last two games, losing shootouts to
So the effect of a shootout loss is critical, but Boudreau said as he read a Sunday morning story assailing shootouts that he's not going to be phoning Commissioner
"Shootouts are a skills contest and if you don't win it, it's a loss," Boudreau said. "But the game's not a loss, you just lose the point.
"The way I look at it is we haven't lost in regulation in the last five games. We've limited the teams to three goals in the last five periods, and one was on the power play.
"One of our goals was to be a good defensive team and we're fifth right now in the league. And we're getting better all the time."
Instead of getting bitter.
"We totally dominated Pittsburgh," Boudreau said. "I was happy. We would've liked to have had more success on the power play, but we shut down [
Boudreau said Corey Perry (four goals, one assist, plus-four in three post-Olympic break games) is peaking after a slow start following his 2010 Olympic break, when it took him 12 games to score four goals.
"Everybody else is chipping in," Boudreau said. "I'd like us to spread the scoring around a little more, but I'm sure that's going to come."
Boudreau's predecessor as Ducks coach, Randy Carlyle, brings his
The Maple Leafs (34-23-8) beat the Ducks in Toronto in October. The game closes a five-game homestand, to be followed by a trip to Calgary, Colorado and the
"It's not long term," Boudreau said. "Might be skating Tuesday."
"Really good fit, hard-working guy," Boudreau said. "Competes hard."
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