Ducks fire Car­lyle amid skid

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Hockey -

Ana­heim fired coach Randy Car­lyle Sun­day amid a seven-game los­ing streak and an­nounced that gen­eral man­ager Bob Mur­ray would serve as in­terim coach for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

Car­lyle, the win­ningest coach in Ducks his­tory, won a Stan­ley Cup in 2007 and made the West­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nal in 2006, 2007 and 2017. Ana­heim made the playoffs in seven of Car­lyle’s eight full sea­sons, but a loss Satur­day to the Fly­ers was the Ducks’ 19th in 21 games.

Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko had a hat trick as St. Louis beat Nashville in over­time, 5-4. The Blues pushed a sea­sonbest run to six games while Tarasenko’s points streak hit eight. The Blues swept the home-and-home in Jake Allen’s first game since Jan. 17, a 40-save ef­fort, and won in Nashville, fi­nally. The Preda­tors had won six in a row there, outscor­ing the Blues, 26-8, over that stretch.

Black­hawks

The Black­hawks got nine points from the sec­ond line and Cam Ward had 43 saves as Chicago won its sev­enth game in a row, beat­ing Detroit, 5-2. Do­minik Kahun had two goals and an as­sist; Dy­lan Strome had a goal and two as­sists; and Alex DeBrin­cat pushed his points streak to eight games with three as­sists. Pa­trick Kane scored his 33rd goal, push­ing the NHL’s long­est ac­tive points streak to 14 games.

Devils

Thir­teen points out of the playoffs with 27 games left, New Jersey is play­ing spoiler. With a wild-card spot in reach for the Hur­ri­canes, Mar­cus Jo­hans­son scored twice to lead a 3-2 Devils win, snap­ping Carolina’s three­game run. The Hur­ri­canes, a point be­hind the Pen­guins, have missed the playoffs nine years in a row.

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