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Ducks coach Boudreau relieved of duties Friday

After a first round loss to the Nashville Predators, the Anaheim Ducks made a move, relieving their head coach Bruce Boudreau of his duties on Friday.

Ducks executive vice president Bob Murray made the announcement.

“I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication to the franchise,” Murray said in a statement Friday. “This was a very difficult decision to make. Bruce is a good coach and character person, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Boudreau was hired in November 2011, but only advanced past the Western Conference Second Round twice during his five-seasons.

The Ducks won four consecutive Pacific Division titles under Boudreau, but lost a seven-game series against the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference First Round this season.

Boudreau lost a Game 7 at home for the fourth straight season. He has a 1-7 career record in Game 7s.

Boudreau had a  208-104-40 record in Anaheim.

Boudreau was coach of the Washington Capitals for five seasons before being hired by the Ducks. His career regular-season record is 409-192-80.

He has never taken a team to the Stanley Cup Final in 10 seasons of coaching.

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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