Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau and Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin will blog for The Times occasionally throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. Today, Beauchemin gives his general thoughts on the playoffs and the upcoming Kings-Coyotes series.
Great playoff action so far. It’s been fun to watch, especially that Rangers comeback win last night. That was unbelievable. It’s too bad for Joel Ward because it was his high-sticking penalty, but it was quite a game. You could see and feel the crowd going wild at the Garden. That could be the series-changer.
The Kings have obviously been playing really well. I was surprised the way they beat St. Louis in four games. I think the Blues are a really good team – sweeping them in four games was not something I expected. The Kings got balanced scoring and everyone contributing. Quick has been the biggest difference maker. He’s outplaying the goalies they have faced. Blues goalie Brian Elliott didn’t make the big saves to keep them in the game and that was critical.
The layoff might be hard on both the Kings and Coyotes. They’ll keep themselves in good physical shape by having good practices, but that’s not the same. We (the Ducks) had to deal with that in 2006, after we swept Colorado. We waited a few days for Edmonton to finish their series. And when we started against them, we weren’t as sharp. Those days off are hard; it’s not easy to wait it out.