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Penguins fire head coach Therrien, announce Bylsma as replacement @NHL

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired head coach Michel Therrien and named Dan Bylsma as his interim replacement, the team announced Sunday.

Therrien was relieved of his duties Sunday following Pittsburgh's 6-2 loss to Toronto a day earlier. The Penguins, who went to last season's Stanley Cup final, have struggled to a 27-25-5 record so far this season and are struggling to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff picture despite a roster featuring high-scoring superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Bylsma, 38, has been serving as head coach of the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He will coach his first game with the Penguins against the New York Islanders on Monday.

"We believe we need a change in direction and, with 25 games remaining in the regular season, our goal remains to finish strong and qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs," Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero said in a statement. "Dan Bylsma is one of the bright young coaches in the game and has done an exceptional job as the head coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season."

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