Mur­ray in, Car­lyle out for Ducks


Ana­heim Ducks gen­eral man­ager Bob Mur­ray tried to give Randy Car­lyle as much time as pos­si­ble to turn things around. But a seven-game los­ing streak and freefall into last place in the Western Con­fer­ence showed Mur­ray that a turn­around wasn’t com­ing soon.

Mur­ray an­nounced he would be the in­terim coach for the re­main­der of the reg­u­lar sea­son af­ter fir­ing Car­lyle yes­ter­day. Ana­heim will hire a new coach af­ter the sea­son.

“What has hap­pened here lately and how we have played, it was time for change,” Mur­ray said. “Some peo­ple thought I waited far too long, but this team has a his­tory of com­ing on and charg­ing late. I re­al­ized a few days ago that it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen.”

Af­ter no fir­ings last year, the Ducks are the sixth team to make a change this sea­son, join­ing Los An­ge­les, Chicago, St. Louis, Ed­mon­ton and Philadel­phia.

The 62-year-old Car­lyle, the win­ningest coach in Ducks his­tory, was in his se­cond stint with Ana­heim. He led the team to the Stan­ley Cup in 2007 and three ap­pear­ances in the Western Con­fer­ence fi­nal (2006, 2007, 2017).

Ana­heim has made the play­offs six straight sea­sons but has won just two of its past 21 games.

Black­hawks 5, Red Wings 2 — Do­minik Kahun had two goals and an as­sist, Cam Ward made 43 saves and host Chicago beat Detroit for its sev­enth straight vic­tory.

Chicago’s se­cond line of Kahun, Dy­lan Strome and Alex DeBrin­cat de­liv­ered once again to help the Black­hawks con­tinue their sur­pris­ing push af­ter a lack­lus­ter first half of the sea­son. Strome had a goal and two as­sists, and DeBrin­cat had three as­sists to ex­tend his ca­reer-best points streak to eight games.

Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 1 — Alexan­dar Ge­orgiev had a ca­reer-high 55 saves to lead host New York past Toronto.

Mika Zibane­jad, Jimmy Ve­sey and Adam Mc­Quaid scored for the Rangers, who fin­ished their five-game home­s­tand at 2-2-1.

Light­ning 5, Pan­thers 2 — Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an as­sist to lift Tampa Bay past Florida in Sun­rise.

Bray­den Point, Ryan Cal­la­han and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Light­ning. Louis Domingue made 25 saves, and An­ton Stral­man had two as­sists.

Jets 3, Sabres 1 — Blake Wheeler scored the go-ahead goal with 3:55 re­main­ing and Win­nipeg won in Buf­falo.

Con­nor Helle­buyck made 35 saves to help the Jets end their long­est win­less streak of the sea­son (four games) and main­tain the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion lead.

Is­lan­ders 2, Wild 1 — Devon Toews scored the tiebreak­ing goal early in the se­cond pe­riod, Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots and host New York beat Min­nesota.

An­thony Beauvil­lier also scored for Metropoli­tan Di­vi­sion-lead­ing New York, which has won 4-of-5.

Blues 5, Preda­tors 4 — Vladimir Tarasenko com­pleted a hat trick 16 sec­onds into over­time and St. Louis won in Nashville to sweep a home-and-home set with its sea­sonbest sixth straight vic­tory.

Devils 3, Hur­ri­canes 2 — In Newark, N.J., Mar­cus Jo­hans­son scored twice, Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves and New Jersey kept Carolina from mov­ing into a play­off spot.

Nico His­chier set up all three goals to help the Devils snap the Hur­ri­canes’ three-game win­ning streak.

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