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Stars fire Montgomery for misconduct

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DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars fired second-year coach Jim Montgomery on Tuesday, citing unspecified unprofessional conduct in a surprising blow to one of the preseason favorites in the NHL's Western Conference.

General manager Jim Nill said Montgomery had acted inconsistently with "core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League." He did not elaborate.

Nill said he became aware Sunday of an act by Montgomery and the decision to fire him came after an internal investigation that included discussions with the team's general counsel. Nill said only that it was not because of a criminal act, had no connection to players, past or present, and didn't involve another employee of the team.


Flames top Coyotes, now 6-0 under Ward

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) An early-season coaching change could have derailed Calgary's entire season.

Instead, it seems to have revitalized the Flames. Even on the second game of a back-to-back, there's no slowing them down.


Eichel nets 2 in win, point streak 14

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Eichel scored two goals to extend his NHL-leading point streak to 14 games, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Sam Reinhart, Johan Larsson and Zemgus Girgensons each had a goal and an assist as the Sabres won their second straight. Linus Ullmark made 28 saves.


Stars blank Devils in 1st under Bowness

DALLAS (AP) Rick Bowness had quite a day.

Bowness woke up as an assistant coach for the Dallas Stars and finished Tuesday with his first win as an interim head coach in 15 years, hours after coach Jim Montgomery was fired.


Surging Jets extend Wings' skid to 12

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Laurent Brossoit was glad the Winnipeg Jets didn't ease up against the reeling Detroit Red Wings.

Blake Wheeler, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in a two-minute span in the second period and the Jets dealt the Red Wings their 12th straight loss, 5-1 on Tuesday night.


Fleury leads Vegas past 'Hawks in return

LAS VEGAS (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury has enjoyed many big moments during his decorated NHL career.

This one might have been the most emotional.


Habs end Jarry's shutout streak in win

PITTSBURGH (AP) So much for Tristan Jarry's brilliant play. Maybe the talk about Jarry pushing Matt Murray as Pittsburgh's top goaltender, too. At least for now.

Jarry's three-week surge that peaked with a franchise-record scoreless streak came to a crashing halt on Tuesday, as the Montreal Canadiens pounced on Jarry and the sloppy Penguins in a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night.


Bobrovsky stops 46 but Lightning win 2-1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning looked plenty fresh in the second leg of back-to-back games.

Stamkos and Alex Killorn scored to lead the Lightning over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Tuesday night. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots for Tampa Bay, which lost 5-1 at home to the New York Islanders on Monday night.


Aho's 2 goals lift 'Canes over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) It wasn't an ideal win, yet the Carolina Hurricanes will take it.

Sebastian Aho scored two goals and the Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 on Tuesday night.


Predators deal Sharks 5th straight loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Juuse Saros made sure San Jose's losing streak continued.

Calle Jarnkrok had a goal and an assist in the third period, Saros made 24 saves and the Nashville Predators defeated the slumping Sharks 3-1 on Tuesday night.

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