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Faltering Lightning move out Boucher

The Tampa Bay Lightning fired coach Guy Boucher on Sunday, with the team in next to last place in the Eastern Conference and on its way to missing the playoffs for a second straight year.

Assistants Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix ran the team Sunday night in Winnipeg in the Lightning’s 3-2 loss to the Jets.

‘‘Guy has poured his heart and soul into the Lightning organization for these past three years and we appreciate all the work he has done,’’ general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. ‘‘But ultimately I am not satisfied with the direction we are heading and I believe making a change today is in the best interest of our franchise.’’

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Boucher’s dismissal came one day after the Lightning fell behind by four goals in the first period of a 5-3 loss at Ottawa.

The Lightning are 13-18-1 and will likely miss the playoffs after reaching the conference finals in Boucher’s first year.

In Winnipeg, Bryan Little had a goal and two assists in the Jets’ win. Defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom also scored and Blake Wheeler picked up two assists for Winnipeg.

Penguins 2, Flyers 1 — Tyler Kennedy scored 2:33 into overtime as host Pittsburgh ran its winning streak to 12 games.

Sidney Crosby tied things late in regulation.

Red Wings 2, Ducks 1 — Jimmy Howard made 33 saves, Dan Cleary and Drew Miller scored first-period goals, and Detroit beat Anaheim on the road for the second time in three days.

Canucks 3, Avalanche 2 — Mason Raymond and Alexandre Burrows scored in the second period as visiting Vancouver, winners of four straight, moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division.

Islanders 3, Panthers 0 — Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves and defenseman Andrew MacDonald scored the winning goal as New York defeated Florida to salvage a four-game homestand.

Capitals 3, Rangers 2 — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored in the shootout and regulation to give visiting Washington a victory over New York.

Braden Holtby made 30 saves in regulation and OT and stopped three of four Rangers in the shootout as the Capitals extended their win streak to three.

Flames 3, Blues 2 — Jarome Iginla scored the deciding goal with 7:02 remaining to lift host Calgary over St. Louis.

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