Ducks fire head coach Randy Carlyle

The Anaheim Ducks, who have made the playoffs for six consecutive seasons, fired head coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday riding a seven-game losing streak that is part of a stretch with 19 losses in 21 games.

General manager Bob Murray announced that he will take over as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

The Ducks, tied for last in the Western Conference, began Sunday six points out of a playoff position.

“What has happened here lately and how we have played, it was time for change,” Murray said. “Some people thought I waited far too long, but this team has a history of coming on and charging late. I realized it wasn’t going to happen a few days ago.”

Sunday’s games

Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 2: Dominik Kahun had two goals and an assist and Cam Ward made 43 saves as host Chicago won its seventh in a row.

Blues 5, Predators 4: Vladimir Tarasenko completed a hat trick 16 seconds into overtime and visiting St. Louis, which got 40 saves from Jake Allen, won its sixth in a row.

Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 1: Alexandar Georgiev had a career-high 55 saves for host New York, which snapped Toronto’s four-game winning streak.

Jets 3, Sabres 1: Blake Wheeler scored the go-ahead goal with 3:55 remaining and Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves as visiting Winnipeg ended a three-game skid.

Lightning 5, Panthers 2: Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist for visiting Tampa Bay.

Islanders 2, Wild 1: Devon Toews scored the tie-breaking goal early in the second period and host New York won for the fourth time in five games.

Bruins 2, Avalanche 1: Brad Marchand scored 4:03 into overtime as host Boston dealt Colorado its seventh consecutive loss.

Devils 3, Hurricanes 2: Marcus Johansson scored twice and Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves for host New Jersey.

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