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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...

FILE - In this April 7, 2012, file photo, Anaheim Ducks' Sheldon Brookbank, left, checks Calgary Flames' Akim Aliu, a Nigerian-born Canadian, during third period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said the team is looking into an accusation that head coach Bill Peters directed racial slurs toward a Nigerian-born hockey player a decade ago in the minor leagues, then arranged for the player’s demotion when he complained. Akim Aliu tweeted Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.” (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

'This is for real' - journeyman Aliu sparks hockey reckoning

Dec. 22, 2019 8:33 AM EST

VAUGHAN, Ontario (AP) — There was no breaking point or seminal moment that prompted Akim Aliu to post two tweets less than a minute apart that would rock the NHL in a matter of hours. Aliu was scrolling through the timeline on his phone when he saw a report of how just-fired Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike...

Buffalo Sabres centre Jack Eichel (9) shoots and scores as Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl (3) defends during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Matthews scores twice as Maple Leafs hang onto beat Sabres

Dec. 17, 2019 11:44 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Sheldon Keefe feels his Maple Leafs have a long way to go — in a good way. Auston Matthews scored twice and Toronto hung on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 on Tuesday night. The Leafs led 3-0 through 40 minutes but let Buffalo cut it to 4-3 late. Toronto needed a big penalty kill and...

San Jose Sharks interim coach Bob Boughner, upper left, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Sharks seek new voice after firing coach Peter DeBoer

Dec. 13, 2019 2:46 AM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Flying back home from a winless road trip, general manager Doug Wilson could feel the same lack of energy and excitement that had plagued the San Jose Sharks on the ice too often this season. So soon after the team landed, Wilson decided to do something he hadn't done in more than...

FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer watches action from the bench during the first period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against the Pittsburgh Penguins series in Pittsburgh. The San Jose Sharks have fired coach Peter DeBoer, a person with direct knowledge of the move said, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the firing hadn't been formally announced. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

San Jose Sharks fire coach Peter DeBoer

Dec. 11, 2019 10:05 PM EST

The slumping San Jose Sharks fired coach Peter DeBoer on Wednesday less than seven months after playing in the Western Conference final. Doug Wilson announced the change after the Sharks returned home from a road trip on a five-game losing streak and five points out of playoff contention. San Jose also fired...

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, of Denmark, watches the puck after stopping Vancouver Canucks' J.T. Miller, back right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tavares has 3-point game, Toronto beats Vancouver 4-1

Dec. 11, 2019 2:53 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — John Tavares provided the bulk of the offense, yet it was goaltender Frederik Andersen who was the difference for Toronto against Vancouver. Tavares had two goals and an assist and the Maple Leafs snapped Vancouver’s two-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory over...

Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery, Andrew Cogliano (11), Jason Dickinson (18) and Corey Perry (10) watch play against the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. The Stars won 4-2. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas Stars fire Jim Montgomery for unprofessional conduct

Dec. 11, 2019 12:27 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars fired second-year coach Jim Montgomery on Tuesday, citing unspecified unprofessional conduct in a surprising blow to one of the preseason favorites in the NHL's Western Conference. General manager Jim Nill said Montgomery had acted inconsistently with “core values and...

St. Louis Blues' Troy Brouwer looks for the puck after falling to the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

Matthews scores twice to lead Leafs to 5-2 win over Blues

Dec. 7, 2019 10:58 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Auston Matthews let out a sigh and broke into a smile. The Toronto center snapped a slump with a pair of goals and Zach Hyman also scored twice as the Maple Leafs downed the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Saturday night. "It's a huge relief," Matthews said. "It kind of gets you going, gets your...