It took less than two weeks as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers for Chuck Fletcher to see what he needed to see with coach Dave Hakstol.With the team mired in a four-game losing streak, Fletcher fired Hakstol on Monday and named AHL affiliate coach Scott Gordon as interim replacement.
"To my eyes there was a disconnect between what he was preaching and how the players were playing," Fletcher said. "We need a new voice. We need to have the coaching staff [give] the message to the players and hopefully have the players receive that message."
Hakstol, hired by former GM Ron Hextall from the University of North Dakota in 2015, took the Flyers to the playoffs twice in his three full seasons.
Anaheim 4, Pittsburgh 2: The Ducks won for the ninth time in 10 games, despite spotting the Penguins a two-goal lead. Adam Henrique and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist.
Columbus 1, Vegas 0: Nick Foligno scored 40 seconds into the third period.
Boston 4, Montreal 0: The visiting Bruins outshot the Canadiens 35-22.
N.Y. Islanders 4, Colorado 1: Thomas Greiss bottled up the dynamic Avalanche offense with 30 saves.
Ottawa 4, Nashville 3 (OT): Thomas Chabot's goal 21 seconds into overtime rescued the host Senators.