Ducks fire Carlyle amid skid
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.
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.
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.
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.