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Senators fire coach Clouston


Ottawa Senators head coach Cory Clouston gives direction from the bench during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Massachusetts April 9, 2011. REUTERS/Greg M Cooper
Ottawa Senators head coach Cory Clouston gives direction from the bench during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Massachusetts April 9, 2011. REUTERS/Greg M Cooper

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Ottawa Senators fired head coach Cory Clouston and his two assistants following Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in their season finale.

"We felt that a change was necessary," Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray told reporters.

"Coaches always get the finger pointed at them more than maybe they should, but in this case we felt that we had a competitive hockey team and for whatever reason, we didn't play to the level that we thought and expected. As a result, changes have to made."

Clouston posted a record of 95-83-20 in two and a half seasons with the Senators, but will finish this season in 13th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 32-40-10.

Also dismissed with Clouston are assistant coaches Brad Lauer and Greg Carvel.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Alastair Himmer)

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