Boudreau picks rival Kings

While he won't cheer for the state rivals, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau is picking the Kings to...

While he won't cheer for the state rivals, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau is picking the Kings to win the Stanley Cup. (MIKE BLAKE/Reuters file photo)

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Bruce Boudreau is picking the Los Angeles Kings to win the Stanley Cup -- but he isn't cheering for them.

"I'm happy in the sense that I think it will grow hockey in southern California," the Anaheim Ducks coach told the Orange County Register. But, I've got to be honest, I can't really sit here and say, 'I hope they win.' "

Boudreau, who signed a two-year contract extension with the Ducks this week, said it wasn't easy to pick the cross-town rivals to win the Cup.

"(But) I thought they were the toughest team we played, especially coming down the stretch when teams had to win," Boudreau said.


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