Winless Kings prepare to face Minnesota Wild and former Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau

The summer meet and greet with the hockey state was one thing for newly minted Minnesota Wild Coach Bruce Boudreau.

He even went to the state fair for a day of promotional activities, and his family settled in nicely in Minnesota, purchasing a house in suburban Woodbury.

But his true introduction took place Saturday night during the Wild’s home opener when they gave up two late first-period goals to the Winnipeg Jets. The crowd reaction was swift: Boos as the players left the ice.

“I’m going, ‘Uh-oh,’” Boudreau said in a telephone interview Monday. “This is hockey country. We better be good all the time. They know their stuff.”

The Wild rallied to beat the Jets, 4-3, securing win No. 1 in the Boudreau era in Minnesota. His team is 1-1 and faces the Kings on Tuesday night in St. Paul.

Boudreau, hired by the Ducks during the 2011-12 season shortly before the Kings brought in Darryl Sutter as coach in 2011, was fired after last season. He was the target of much interest from teams conducting coaching searches and was hired by Minnesota in May.

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