Ducks Fire Head Coach Randy Carlyle, Tab GM Bob Murray Interim Coach

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Flyers left wing Oskar Lindblom celebrates his first-period goal with teammate right wing Jakub Voracek past Anaheim Ducks goaltender Chad Johnson

Randy Carlyle was sacked on Sunday as coach of the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks with club general manager Bob Murray to serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Carlyle led the Ducks to a 21-26 record this season, which ranks worst in the Western Conference. "We have a tradition of success in Anaheim and we need to get back to that".

The 62-year-old Canadian, who played 17 National Hockey League seasons from 1976 to 1993, coached the Ducks to the Stanley Cup in 2007 in the second season of his first stint as Anaheim coach, which ended with his firing early in the 2011-12 campaign.

While the team says they'll look for their new head coach in the summer, it appears Dallas Eakins - who now serves as head coach of the team's AHL affiliate in San Diego - is the front-runner for the big-league role, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. He departs with a career record of 384-256-96 in 736 games with the Ducks. Carlyle was sacked after a slow start to the 2011-12 season and was hired by the Maple Leafs. He signed a two-year extension in December and is under contract through the 2021-22 season.

You don't expect to have to live through this stuff for an extended period of time.

The Ducks lost 12 straight from December 18 to January 15, won two in a row, but they have now lost their last seven games. Its loss to their Flyers on Saturday night was its 19th in the last 21 games.

Anaheim has been hit pretty hard by injuries and has endured down years from key members of their aging core, but this latest stretch has been tough to watch.

Murray shook up the roster with a couple of trades that led to two straight wins, but another losing streak followed.

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