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Penguins fire 3 assistants following quick playoff exit

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins' qualifying round loss to the Montreal Canadiens cost assistant coaches Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin and Mark Recchi their jobs.

The team announced on Wednesday it would not renew the contracts of all three assistants. The move came less than a week after the fifth-seeded Penguins fell to the 12th-seeded Canadiens in four mostly lifeless games. The contracts for the coaches originally expired at the end of June but were temporarily extended for the playoffs.

General manager Jim Rutherford promised significant changes after Pittsburgh dropped its opening-round postseason series for the second straight year. While head coach Mike Sullivan - who guided the team to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017 - will stick around, he will have to move forward with a new staff in place.

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Leaders
Points: E. Malkin74
Plus/Minus: B. Dumoulin17
Shots on Goal: K. Letang177
PIM: E. Malkin58
Win: T. Jarry20
Shutouts: T. Jarry3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 221 (13)
Shots: 2204 (16)
PP%: 19.9% (16)
Penalty Minutes: 517 (24)
Assists: 374 (14)
SH Goals: 6 (15)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
x-Washington 41 20 8 90
x-Philadelphia 41 21 7 89
x-Pittsburgh 40 23 6 86
x-Carolina 38 25 5 81
x-Columbus 33 22 15 81
x-NY Islanders 35 23 10 80
x-NY Rangers 37 28 5 79
New Jersey 28 29 12 68
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 196 (21)
Shots Against: 2051 (29)
PK%: 82.1% (10)
Penalty Minutes: 567 (20)
Shutouts: 4 (14)
Sv%: 0.904 (15)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
7/26 S. Poulin Sent to minors Sherbrooke-QMJHL
7/26 A. D'Orio Sent to minors Wheeling-ECHL
7/26 S. Miletic Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
7/12 K. Czuczman Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
7/12 P. Joseph Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
7/12 A. Johnson Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
7/12 S. Miletic Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
7/12 S. Poulin Called up from minors from Sherbrooke-QMJHL
7/12 P. Varone Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
7/12 C. DeSmith Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
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