Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Ex-Lightning coach Guy Boucher hired by Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario — Former Lightning coach Guy Boucher was hired as coach of the Senators on Sunday.

"Following a detailed evaluation of all coaching candidates, there was overwhelming consensus that Guy was our top candidate," owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement.

The Senators had interviewed Bruce Boudreau on Friday. The next day, Boudreau agreed to a four-year deal to coach the Wild.

Boucher, 44, replaces Dave Cameron, fired April 12 after a season in which Ottawa didn't make the playoffs. In his first season with the Lightning, 2010-11, Boucher guided it to the Eastern Conference final. The next season the Lightning was out of the playoffs. Boucher was fired during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season and replaced by current coach Jon Cooper.

"Very happy for Guy," said Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who fired Boucher. "He's an excellent coach and deserves another opportunity in the NHL."

Boucher spent parts of the past three seasons coaching in the Swiss league. He was fired in November his team out of a playoff spot.

Sharks close in on West final: Joe Pavelski scored two goals and the host Sharks used reconfigured lines to bounce back from a triple-overtime loss in Game 4 to beat the Predators 5-1 to take a 3-2 lead in their playoff series late Saturday. "We felt after that last game we played … some of our better periods of the playoffs," Pavelski said. "We had to carry that."

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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