Ducks fire Car­lyle af­ter sev­enth con­sec­u­tive loss

Gen­eral Man­ager Murray will coach

The Buffalo News - - NHL -

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.

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