DUCKS’ COACH OUT
ANAHEIM FIRES RANDY CARLYLE AMID TEAM’S SEVEN-GAME LOSING STREAK
The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday amid a sevengame losing streak.
The Ducks announced that general manager Bob Murray would take over as interim coach for the remainder of the regular season. Anaheim will name a new coach following the season.
“Difficult decisions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been unacceptable,” Murray said in a statement. “We have a tradition of success in Anaheim and we need to get back to that.”
Carlyle, 62, 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). Jets 3, Sabres 1: Blake Wheeler scored the goahead goal by redirecting Josh Morrissey’s centering pass with 3:55 remaining and Winnipeg won at Buffaloto snap an 0-2-1 skid.
Devils 3, Hurricanes 2: Marcus Johansson scored twice and a battered Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves and New Jersey prevented Carolina from moving into a playoff spot with a victory. Nico Hischier set up all three goals to help the Devils snap the Hurricanes’ three-game winning streak and hand them only their fifth loss (135-1) in 19 games.
Blackhawks 5, Red
Wings 2: Dominik Kahun had two goals and an assist, Cam Ward made 43 saves and Chicago won at home against Detroit for its seventh straight win.
Islanders 2, Wild 1: Devon Toews scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots and New York beat visiting Minnesota. Anthony Beauvillier also scored for Metropolitan Division-leading New York, which won for the fourth time in five games. Bruins 2, Avalanche 1 (OT): Brad Marchand scored 4:03 into overtime and Boston extended its points streak to seven games with a victory at home over Colorado. Lightning 5, Panthers 2: Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist to lift visiting Tampa Bay over Florida. Brayden Point, Ryan Callahan and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning. Louis Domingue made 25 saves, and Anton Stralman had two assists. Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 1: Alexandar Georgiev had a career-high 55 saves to lead New York over Toronto. Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey and Adam McQuaid scored for the Rangers, who finished their five-game homestand at 2-2-1.
Randy Carlyle is the winningest coach in Ducks history. But he’s out of a job after being let go by GM Bob Murray.