It has been a tough time for coach John Stevens of the Los Angeles Kings as they were off to a terrible start with a 4-8-1 record after a win over Columbus Saturday.
But it was not enough for Stevens to hold onto his job as he was relieved of his duties along with assistant Don Nachbaur, replacing Stevens with former Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins and adding Marco Sturm to the coaching staff.
Desjardins will hold onto the interim coaching label for now and will try to turn around the fortunes of the Los Angeles Kings.
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TAMPA BAY 4 OTTAWA 3 (Overtime)
Yanni Gourde scored the overtime winner 14 seconds into the extra frame to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over Ottawa.
The Lightning were trailing most of the game and tied it up twice, once early in the third and once late in the third as Brayden Point scored on the power play with 27 seconds left to tie it at 3 and send it into overtime where Gourde finished it off.
Cedric Paquette quickly cut the lead in half only 38 seconds into the second and that was the only scoring in the period.
Mathieu Joseph scored his first career NHL goal to tie the game in the third. The 21-year-old who was selected late in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft, had an assist and a minus-three rating in 13 games before striking paydirt.
Defenseman Cody Ceci restored the Senators lead with only 4:44 left in the game before Point’s game tying goal.
Louie Domingue got a rare start as the Lightning were playing the second half of back-to-back games and Andrei Vasilevskiy got the night off. Domingue stopped 22-of-25 shots for the win.
Craig Anderson was by far the busier goaltender and made 41 saves but could not stop the two goals in 41 seconds at the end of the third and in the overtime.
Paquette had four hits and five blocked shots. Lajoie had six shots on goal.
The two teams came into the NHL at the same time in 1992. Both were playing their 2,000th NHL regular season game.
NEW YORK RANGERS 3 BUFFALO 1
Henrik Lundqvist continued his fine play this season as he turned aside 39 shots including all 14 power play shots, to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Carter Hutton in the Buffalo net stopped 19-of-21 shots in taking the loss for the Sabres.
After a scoreless first period, the Rangers struck twice early in the second period as defenseman Neal Pionk scored at the 41 second mark while Jimmy Vesey found the back of the net just 19 seconds later to give the Rangers a 2-0 advantage, a lead they would hold through the end of the second period.
The Sabres got close in the third as Conor Sheary broke Lundqvist’s shutout bid with an unassisted effort, his fifth of the season but Vesey scored his fifth and second of the game as he put the puck into the empty net from 170 feet away.
Brett Howden had an assist but was injured in the second when he went face-first into the end boards. Coach David Quinn said he suffered an upper body injury and he was unable to return. He was held out for precautionary reasons according to Quinn.
ANAHEIM 3 COLUMBUS 2 (Overtime)
Cam Fowler scored for the first time this season and had all three goals including the overtime winner to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Fowler, who had a career-high 11 goals two seasons ago, had eight goals last season but was goalless in his first 14 games albeit with six assists.
After Pierre-Luc Dubois opened the scoring in the second period with his fifth of the season, Fowler scored twice before the end of the second to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead heading into the third.
There was no scoring until the final minute of the third period when Dubois scored his sixth of the season and second of the game with 28 seconds left and the Columbus net empty.
John Gibson stopped 24 shots and picked up his fifth win of the season. He has been terrific all year and has held the Ducks in games all season.
Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves in taking the overtime loss.
Seth Jones had his first two assists of the season as he set up both of Dubois’ goals.
Jones had six shots on goal.
The Blue Jackets were unable to score in six power play chances while the Ducks could not score in five attempts.
NOTES: Tomas Hertl suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday in the second period and an update on his status should come on Monday…The same goes for Brayden Schenn who was unable to go in the third period Saturday as coach Mike Yeo said he was sore…Brian Elliott left practice early Sunday after he collided with teammate Travis Konecny. He was holding his head as he left the ice and that does not bode well. With Michal Neuvirth sidelined by injury, the Flyers may need to recall a goaltender in time for Monday’s tilt with Arizona. Calvin Pickard is still available to start… Brendan Lemieux will face the disciplinary committee as he is facing a suspension for an illegal check to the head of Vincent Trocheck in Finland Friday.