Sunday, April 16, 2017

Boudreau Happy with Wild's Effort after Game 3 Loss

It feels like the season is caving in on the Minnesota Wild, but head coach Bruce Boudreau is not about to pack it in. He showed his fiestiness after his team dropped Game 3 to the Blues on Sunday in St. Louis before walking off the podium and abruptly ending his post-game press conference.

"If you're looking for me to criticize our team, it's not going to happen," Boudreau said after the Wild fell 3-1 to the Blues at Scottrade center to fall behind 3-0 in their best of seven series with St. Louis. "We were freaking good tonight, we just didn't get the breaks, so please stop trying to put words in our mouths that make us look like we're bad, because we're not." (Go to 3:00 in the video below to see that segment).

Asked if he was surprised, given how good he believed the Wild were at points during the season, about where they have now ended up in this series, Boudreau simply said "yeah."

Boudreau's assertion of his team's performance in Game 3 is not far off. The Wild dominated possession (67.9% Corsi at 5-on-5) and had 10 high danger scoring chances to just 6 for the Blues, per NaturalStatTrick. They were particurly good in periods two and three but could only find a way to get one puck past the wall otherwise known as Jake Allen. That big blue wall, considered the biggest reason for the Blues early and mid-season failures, has stopped 114 of 117 shots in three games for a .974 save percentage.

Hockey is a funny game.

Game 4 is Wednesday night in St. Louis.