BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have fired coach Claude Julien. Assistant Bruce Cassidy was named the interim coach.

Boston has lost two in a row and six of nine and fallen out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Julien was the longest tenured NHL coach and in his 10th season as the Bruins coach.

He's the fourth NHL coach to be fired this season.

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Blues win again for new coach

(AP)— Kenny Agostino scored his first goal in almost three years, Carter Hutton had 26 saves and the St. Louis Blues blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0. The Flyers have dropped three of four

Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis, which won for the second time in three games after coach Mike Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock on Feb. 1.

In the rest of the abbreviated three-game hockey schedule:

— Brock Nelson's second goal of the game at 2:42 of overtime lifted the New York Islanders to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Islanders are 6-0-2 in their last eight home games.

— Pavel Zacha scored on a power play with 7:27 remaining, and the New Jersey Devils snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.