Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau seemed calm, cool and collected after the team held an optional workout Saturday, less than 24 hours after a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche dropped them to 0-3-1 to start the season and prompted speculation that he was on the hot seat. Expectations were for a standout regular season from the Ducks, picked by many to win the Stanley Cup championship.
Boudreau seemed unfazed by the tension of such a rocky start to 2015-16.
“You know what? I listened to teams all last year that weren’t successful say they had no puck luck,” Boudreau said. “I said we’re never going to use that as an excuse. You make your own luck. If you go to the right places and you win the battles, the luck will come your way. I think we were a lot better (Friday) night than in the previous three games. So, we want to say with that and build on that. If we build on that, then good things are going to happen eventually.”
Boudreau said he expects one goal will relieve a great deal of pressure.
“I’ve got to believe there will a pressure released everywhere,” he said. “I think the fans are dying to cheer for a goal. You could see it. We can’t get frustrated. If this is the worst streak we go through all year, then we’ll be better for it when we come out of it, and especially if we come out of it playing the right way. It’s not going to be easy. … When we do come out of it, we’ll be playing the right way all the time.
“Then we’ll go from there.”