Ducks coach Boudreau: Presidents’ Trophy doesn’t take precedence
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter January 17, 2014 11:04PM
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews (right) and Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm battle for position in the second period Friday night at the United Center. | Nam Y. Huh/AP
Updated: February 19, 2014 9:51AM
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has been behind the bench of a team this hot before. In 2009-10, his Capitals won 14 consecutive games en route to the Presidents’ Trophy.
Then they lost in the first round to the Canadiens.
So he has a healthy perspective on the Ducks’ remarkable run to the top of the Western Conference. He’s not obsessing about earning the top seed in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“We don’t talk about it, you know?” he said before the game Friday against the Blackhawks. “I mean, I’ve been there before and still never won a Cup. So I don’t think the importance is great. L.A. won the Cup [two] years ago being in eighth. It doesn’t happen very often. It happened last year, where Chicago won the Presidents’ Trophy and the Cup, but it was also a different year, too. We want to win every game, and we look at every game individually, but it doesn’t really matter as long as we’re going to be in the top eight.”
Thanks to NBC, the Hawks have an unusual 11:30 a.m. start time for the game Sunday against the Bruins.
“Better be ready to play,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I know Boston will be excited about coming back in here, and it’ll be a good test for us, as well. I think guys don’t mind playing in the afternoon — we’ll call it an afternoon game even though it’s a morning game. And I’m sure everybody will be excited about playing that game.”
Michal Rozsival was the sixth defenseman Friday night, with Sheldon Brookbank and Michael Kostka scratched. Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook, who missed Friday’s practice, played.