The Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock and replaced him with Sheldon Keefe.
Babcock had a record of 9-10-4 in 2019-20 for the struggling Leafs. He has a career record of 700-418-19 with Toronto, Detroit and Anaheim.
Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan and GM Kyle Dubas flew to Arizona on Wednesday to break the news.
"It wasn't an easy conversation to have and it wasn't pleasant, days like [Wednesday] are not," Shanahan said in Scottsdale, Ariz.
N.Y. Rangers 4, Washington 1: Artemi Panarin scored twice, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots, and the Rangers beat the Capitals. Lundqvist earned his 454th victory, tying Curtis Joseph for fifth on the NHL's career list.
Ottawa 2, Montreal 1: Brady Tkachuk went five-hole on Carey Price 38 seconds into overtime to lift the Senators over the host Canadiens.
•Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway was suspended three games for spitting on Anaheim's Erik Gudbranson following a brawl with the Anaheim defenseman Monday night.
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