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Ducks fire Randy Carlyle, hire ex-Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau

November 30, 2011 | 10:32 pm

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The Ducks fired Randy Carlyle as their coach Wednesday and announced the hiring of former Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.

The Ducks made the announcement after their 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. The victory snapped the Ducks' seven-game losing streak.

Bruce1Boudreau, 56, who was fired Monday by the Capitals and replaced by Dale Hunter, led Washington to the best record in the NHL in 2009-10. He compiled a record of 201-88-40 with the Capitals and was the 2007-08 NHL coach of the year.

Carlyle, 55, led the Ducks to a Stanley Cup victory in 2007. He compiled a 273-182-61 record in six-plus seasons behind the bench, guiding the Ducks to five playoff appearances.

"This was an extremely difficult decision,” said Bob Murray, the Ducks' executive vice president/general manager, in a written statement. "Randy is a terrific head coach and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. We thank him greatly for his hard work and dedication to our franchise, not the least of which was a Stanley Cup championship. 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."

We'll have more on Carlyle's firing and Boudreau's hiring soon at latimes.com/sports.

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Top photo: Former Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle. Right photo: Former Capitals coach and newly named Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images

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