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Anaheim fires Carlyle, hires Boudreau

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks have fired coach Randy Carlyle and hired former Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, who was dismissed by the Capitals just two days earlier.

Boudreau is a fomer Komets player and coach.

The Ducks made the move after beating Montreal 4-1 on Wednesday night for the club’s third victory in 19 games – snapping a seven-game skid.

Carlyle coached the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup title in 2007, but struggled to get his talented club’s attention this season. Carlyle agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season in August.

Boudreau was fired by the Capitals on Monday after a slow start. He led Washington to four consecutive division titles, but no playoff success.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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