Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle, Jim Rutherford Were Connected Before This Week

It's been a busy week for Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Jim Rutherford. 

Boudreau, the former coach of the Washington Capitals, was fired from that job on Monday. Then, late Wednesday, he was hired as the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, replacing Randy Carlyle. Also on Monday, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford fired his head coach, Paul Maurice.

It's been a busy week for all of these guys, and they've all been extremely noteworthy as a result. Would you know they have a strange connection that dates back to 1976, too?

On TSN's Off The Record with Michael Landsberg on Thursday evening, Boudreau shared the following nugget: Boudreau's first NHL goal back in 1976, while he was playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, came off an assist from Randy Carlyle, the man he whose job he took this week. 

The goalie he scored the goal against? Jim Rutherford of the Detroit Red Wings

Awesome. 

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