ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks snapped their seven-game losing streak with a tough victory over Montreal.
And it wasn’t enough to save coach Randy Carlyle’s job.
An hour after Corey Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, the Ducks fired the coach who led them to their only Stanley Cup title in 2007, replacing him with former Washington coach Bruce Boudreau.
Boudreau was fired by the Capitals just two days earlier.
Jonas Hiller made 19 saves, rookie Devante Smith-Pelly scored a power-play goal, and Niklas Hagman added an empty-netter for the Ducks, who killed seven penalties in just their third victory in 19 games since mid-October. Anaheim hadn’t won since Nov. 11, the tension increasing with every loss.
“This was an extremely difficult decision,” Ducks vice-president and general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. “Randy is a terrific head coach, and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons.
“At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed. Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership.”
Andrei Kostitsyn scored a first-period goal and Peter Budaj stopped 23 shots for the Canadiens, who opened a three-game California road trip with their third straight loss. Montreal played without goals leader Max Pacioretty, who served the first game of his three-game suspension for a hit to the head of Pittsburgh defenceman Kris Letang.
Bobby Ryan, the subject of numerous trade rumours in recent days, received an ovation when he was introduced in the Ducks’ starting lineup. The American forward assisted on Smith-Pelly’s goal, but he has just two goals in 11 games while getting dropped from his position alongside Perry and Getzlaf on the Ducks’ top line.
BRUINS 6,MAPLE LEAFS 3
TORONTO (AP)—Milan Lucic scored twice and David Krejci added a goal and two assists for Boston, which beat the Maple Leafs for its 12th win in 13 games.
The defending Stanley Cup champions rebounded from a slow start this season and went 12-0-1 in November, marking the first time since January 1969 that the Bruins went an entire month without a regulation loss.
Tim Thomas made 34 saves and earned his ninth consecutive win.
Zdeno Chara, Benoit Pouliot and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston (15-7-1), which hasn’t lost in regulation since Oct. 29 at Montreal.
Mikhail Grabovski, Joffrey Lupul and Matt Frattin had goals for Toronto (14-9-2).
WILD 3, OILERS 2, SO
EDMONTON (AP)—Kyle Brodziak scored in regulation and added the winner in the sixth round of the shootout as Minnesota beat Edmonton and moved into first place in the NHL standings.
Devin Setoguchi also scored in regulation for the Wild (15-7-3), who jumped past Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh with their seventh win in nine games. Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves for the win.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle had goals for the Oilers (12-10-3), who are winless in three straight. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 27 shots.
RED WINGS 4, LIGHTNING 2
DETROIT (AP)—Tomas Holmstrom’s power-play goal broke a tie early in the third period, and Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Ericsson each had a goal and an assist in Detroit’s victory over Tampa Bay.
Darren Helm also scored for Detroit, which won its sixth straight. Jimmy Howard made 33 saves, including stopping Matt Gilroy on a short-handed breakaway with 4:11 left.
Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay, and Dwayne Roloson stopped 31 shots.
Holmstrom’s goal 4:22 into the third period gave Detroit a 3-2 lead. He deflected Nicklas Lidstrom’s tip pass out of the air, about shin high, past Roloson for his fourth goal. Helm added his third with 6:46 left.
AVALANCHE 6, DEVILS 1
DENVER (AP)—Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and two assists, Semyon Varlamov made 18 saves in Colorado’s rout of New Jersey.
Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist, and T.J. Galiardi, Jay McClement, Stefan Elliott and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche. Kyle Quincey had two assists.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored New Jersey’s only goal, and Martin Brodeur made 19 saves in the loss.
The Avalanche scored three times on their first five shots. Hejduk got the Avalanche started when he beat Brodeur with a slap shot just 7:37 in for his eighth goal of the season.
Brodeur entered with a 16-7-4 mark against Colorado with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.