Wild’s Boudreau scolded by 84-year-old mom after bad coach’s challenge

Jared Spurgeon scored the decider as the Minnesota Wild beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 Saturday.

Bruce Boudreau was unsuccessful on a coach’s challenge in a game against the Calgary Flames over the weekend and the Minnesota Wild head coach regretted his decision as soon as he made it.

Sean Monahan beat Alex Stalock with 28 seconds remaining in the second period to tie the game at one goal apiece. Boudreau thought the Flames might have been offside. They were not. The failed challenge resulted in a delay of game penalty, which the Flames capitalized on early in the third period. Even worse than that, however, Boudreau was scolded by his 84-year-old mother for the gaff.

Boudreau explained Monday via Wild beat reporter Michael Russo that his mom called him and said, “What were you thinking? It was on Hockey Night in Canada!”

“I was so mad we gave up another goal in the last minute of the period,” Boudreau told reporters after the game. “Once I [challenged the goal] and [the officials] started going over it, it’s funny how fast you have to look at that thing. Then I looked at it more and said, ‘Oh, crap. It’s not offside.’”

It’s all water under the bridge, considering the Wild stormed back with three goals in the final 10 minutes of the third period to secure a 4-2 victory.


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