Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/16/12 at 03:02 PM ET
Craig Custance and Scott Burnside of ESPN discuss the Ducks, Leafs, Kings and the Blackhawks playing the Rangers…
Custance: The game against the Penguins for me was the big test. They were coming off a close win over the Wild in Minnesota, then had to travel to Pittsburgh and play back-to-back, arriving in Pittsburgh in the middle of the night. Then they get down early against the Penguins, thanks to a goal from Jordan Staal. They showed a lot of guts in this one. You have to credit Boudreau, who guided the Capitals to their remarkable run just to make the playoffs during his first year there. I asked Bobby Ryan recently what the difference has been during the turnaround.
“There was a feeling out process when Bruce came in. You had to learn some new things and adjust on the fly,” Ryan said. “He’s always preaching that [a run to the playoffs] can happen. He hasn’t tooted his own horn but he’s said it’s happened to him before.”
It changes the dynamic of the West a little bit if Anaheim streaks into that No. 8 spot for the playoffs. Instead of getting a team like the Coyotes, Stars or Wild, the No. 1 seed gets a red-hot Ducks team that is loaded with talent and has playoff experience. I’d want no part of Anaheim in the first round.
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