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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock shouts from behind the bench during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Toronto. Babcock and Peter Laviolette are among the six coaches already fired this season. (Hans Deryk/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Analysis: NHL season marked by coaching carousel, changes

Jan. 15, 2020 3:15 PM EST

Firing coaches during the season has been relatively common in the NHL for decades. The volume is nonetheless jaw-dropping in 2019-20 — and there is still half a season to go. Seven coaches have been either fired or forced out. Gerard Gallant of the Golden Knights became the latest casualty Wednesday when...

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) skates with the puck against Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov (44) and goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Thornton scores as Sharks top Blue Jackets 3-1

Jan. 10, 2020 2:12 AM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton is being asked to take on a bigger role these days. And at 40, Jumbo Joe has responded. Thornton scored and moved into a tie for 11th place on the NHL's career list for games played as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Thursday night....

Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) scores a goal past New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Devils score own goal in OT, Maple Leafs win 6th straight

Dec. 27, 2019 11:22 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Damon Severson had never scored an overtime goal in the NHL, and this wasn't how he envisioned his first. The Devils defenseman backhanded the puck into his own net with 2:22 left in overtime, gifting the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 win over New Jersey on Friday night for their...