Ducks fire Carlyle after seventh consecutive loss
General Manager Murray will coach
The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday after the club won just two of its past 21 games.
The organization also announced that general manager Bob Murray will serve as interim coach for the rest of the season.
“We thank Randy for everything he has done for the organization,” Murray said in a statement. “Leading the team to a Stanley Cup and three conference final appearances, he has accomplished so much in Anaheim. Difficult decisions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been unacceptable. We have a tradition of success in Anaheim and we need to get back to that.”
Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers was the team’s seventh in a row. The Ducks have been outscored 37-8 during the stretch.
Anaheim is 21-26-9 but was a solid 19-11-5 on Dec. 17 before the prolonged stretch of setbacks, beginning with a 12-game winless stretch.
Carlyle, 62, was in his second stint as Ducks’ coach. He went 384-256-96 with the franchise over parts of 10 seasons.
Around the rinks
• Vladimir Tarasenko recorded a hat trick, including the game-winner 16 seconds into overtime, as St. Louis beat host Nashville 5-4, giving the Blues their season-high sixth consecutive win and second straight over the Predators in 24 hours. Ryan O’Reilly had three assists for the Blues.
• Dominik Kahun had two goals and an assist and Chicago extended its winning streak to seven games by topping visiting Detroit 5-2. Patrick Kane stretched his point streak to 14 games with a third-period goal, and added an assist.
• Devon Toews scored the decisive goal early in the second period and the New York Islanders continued their remarkable performance in the second game of back-to-back sets by edging visiting Minnesota, 2-1. Anthony Beauvillier scored in the first period for the Islanders, who have won three straight.
• Brad Marchand scored at 4:03 of overtime and host Boston beat Colorado 2-1. Jaroslav Halak had 35 saves and John Moore also scored for the Bruins.
• Marcus Johansson scored two goals as New Jersey snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating visiting Carolina 3-2 at Newark, N.J. The Devils concluded a four-game homestand with their only victory during that stretch. Pavel Zacha also scored for New Jersey.
• Backup goalie Louis Domingue won his 10th straight start as Tampa Bay defeated host Florida 5-2. Domingue (184-0), who made 25 saves, is 3-0 against the Panthers this season and hasn’t lost to anyone since Nov. 27.
• Alexandar Georgiev celebrated his 23rd birthday with a career-high 55-save performance and the New York Rangers beat visiting Toronto 4-1. Georgiev became the seventh Ranger to make at least 50 saves in a game since the NHL began tracking the statistic in 1955-56.