Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau and Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin have blogged for The Times occasionally throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. Today, Boudreau gives his general thoughts on the Kings' Stanley Cup victory Monday over the New Jersey Devils.
As nice as it was for the Devils to make it into a series, you had to believe that the Kings were going to win it in the end. Hats off to them. Throughout the entire postseason, when push came to shove, one of their big boys came through. That’s why you have guys making big money. If it wasn’t Anze Kopitar, it was Dustin Brown. If it wasn’t Brown, it was Jonathan Quick, and so on.... In the times they needed that big “zing,” that big play or that big goal, their big players came through. That’s the reason they won. Couple that with their role players being very good and the Kings became a pretty good team at the right time.
New Jersey battled back, though -- they’ve got a lot of character and pride over there. Guys like Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias, who have won Cups before, and Zach Parise, who is obviously a really great player -- you knew they wouldn’t give up. You knew they had a lot of pride. They just needed to win that one game and I thought if they won that one game, they’d make a series of it -- and they did. They had a great playoff run and they came out of the second-toughest division in the league.