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A month ago Custom Florida Panthers Jerseys ,a seven-game losing streak and it seemed Randy Carlyle’s job as head coach was in serious jeopardy.The Ducks have turned things around, however, and can match the longest winning streak in Carlyle’s 13-year NHL head coaching career with a win against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.The Ducks (15-10-15) have won a season-high five straight games to climb near the top of the Pacific Division standings.Article continues below ...Carlyle has won six games in a row several times during his career, most recently with the Toronto Maple Leafs from Dec. 6-16, 2014, and with the Ducks during his first stint in Anaheim from Nov. 3-12, 2010, but he has never won seven straight.Anaheim’s season began with a number of veterans recovering from injuries and several rookies in the lineup. The Ducks still managed a 5-1-1 start before spiraling into the seven-game skid.When coaches for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks were fired during the first week of November, it seemed Carlyle could be next, but the Ducks regrouped during the middle of last month and are 7-1-2 since Nov. 16.“Just finding ways,” Carlyle said following a 4-2 win against the visiting Blackhawks on Wednesday. “We’re feeling good about ourselves. We’re not proclaiming we’re anything more than a work in progress. We’re a hockey club that has confidence.”Carolina (12-11-4) has experienced smaller peaks and valleys this season. After beginning the season 4-0-1 www.officialkings.com , the Hurricanes experienced a five-game losing streak, then went through a 6-2-1 stretch before hitting another wall recently.The Hurricanes have lost their past three games, a streak that began with a 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting Ducks on Friday. They’ll try to salvage a win on their three-game California trip that began with a 2-0 loss to the Kings on Sunday and continued with a 5-1 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.The Hurricanes have combined for five goals in the past five games to drop to 29th in the league in scoring (2.44), one spot ahead of Anaheim (2.40).“You’ve got to keep competing,” Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk told reporters after the loss in San Jose. “The old saying is you have to work for your chances and work for your bounces. When it’s not going your way, you have to dig even deeper. It’s not necessarily trying different things, but keep grinding and keep competing. Keep it simple and get to the net.”Anaheim has combined for 10 goals in its past two games and its front office continues to look for ways to upgrade the offense.The Ducks claimed left winger Pontus Aberg off waivers on Oct. 1 and he became a regular member of the lineup on Oct. 20. He has a team-leading nine goals and enters Friday with five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak.Anaheim then traded rookie defenseman Marcus Pettersson to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday in exchange for right wing Daniel Sprong. He scored on his second shift with the Ducks in the win against the Blackhawks on Wednesday, hitting the top of the net from a difficult angle.“I’m really excited for the new opportunity,” he said. “When I found out I got traded to Anaheim, I was really excited. I’m really excited to be here and help the team win.” RALEIGH Los Angeles Kings T-Shirts Authentic , N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes hired former captain and current assistant Rod Brind’Amour as their coach Tuesday, hoping the ”greatest leader” in franchise history can end a nine-year playoff drought.The team also announced that club president Don Waddell will become the full-time general manager after serving as acting GM.The team scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to discuss the moves.Waddell said a number of coaching candidates were discussed, but ”our conversations with staff and players consistently returned to the same person.”One of the team’s most decorated players, Brind’Amour captained the Hurricanes’ only Stanley Cup championship team in 2006.”Rod is the greatest leader in the history of this franchise, and has earned the opportunity to take charge of our locker room,” Waddell said in a statement.The two-time Selke Award winner as the NHL’s best defensive forward retired in 2010 and ranks third in club history in assists (299), fourth in points (473) and fifth in games played (694).He replaces Bill Peters, who opted out of his contract last month following his fourth year and subsequently was hired by the Calgary Flames. He becomes the Hurricanes’ third straight first-time NHL head coach, after Kirk Muller and Peters.Brind’Amour has been a Carolina assistant since 2011. He spent half his 20-season NHL career with the Hurricanes, leading them to the Stanley Cup finals in 2002 and again four years later.But Carolina has made the playoffs only once in the 12 years since Brind’Amour hoisted the Cup, and the Hurricanes’ nine-year absence from the postseason is one of the longest stretches in NHL history.That has led to a busy five months for the Hurricanes Los Angeles Kings Hoodies Authentic , with Dallas businessman Tom Dundon buying a majority interest in the team from longtime owner Peter Karmanos Jr. in January.A month later, Hall of Fame player and general manager Ron Francis – who, like Brind’Amour, has his jersey number hanging from the PNC Arena rafters – was reassigned to another front-office position, and his contract was terminated last week.In between, Peters – who was hired by Francis in 2014 – exercised the out clause in his contract, saying the incoming general manager should be able to pick his own coach.Turns out, that job fell to Waddell – the former general manager and president of the Atlanta Thrashers who had been part of the Hurricanes’ front office since 2014 and had been filling in since Francis’ demotion and subsequent exit.—
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