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Boudreau talks of trying to capture another Stanley Cup for the Ducks. If he manages to do that, coaching the Caps will be but a steppingstone to glory.

But that sort of conversation is a dream for now, given the Ducks’ bleak situation this season. And although he has no plans of buying a house in his new city, Boudreau envisions trying to build a winner in Anaheim over the next couple of years.

This week, this season, Boudreau takes every game personally.

“I just want to win. I don’t ever sleep if we lose,” he said. “Putting on the music, that’s such a great feeling because you can leave the building so happy. No matter what happens, you can leave the building happy.”

He has left the rink without that happiness more times than he would like. But given his track record with the Capitals, it’s impossible to count Boudreau out of creating a winning atmosphere with the Ducks.

“If we can just get something rolling here a little bit and make them believers again, who knows what can happen?” Woods said. “I don’t think you’ll ever tell Bruce there’s no chance.”