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NHL: Julien fired as Devils coach; Lamoriello takes over

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Claude Julien was fired as New Jersey Devils coach Monday and replaced by general manager Lou Lamoriello with less than a week to go in the regular season.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Claude Julien was fired as New Jersey Devils coach Monday and replaced by general manager Lou Lamoriello with less than a week to go in the regular season.

The firing comes after the Devils won four of their last five games. The team is in first place in the Atlantic Division with three games to go.

Julien guided the Devils to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, posting a 47-24-8 mark in his only season as coach.

The move marks the second time in as many seasons that Lamoriello has stepped behind the bench. Last season he led the Devils to the Atlantic Division title after Larry Robinson resigned unexpectedly in December.

Monday's firing isn't the only time Lamoriello made a late-season coaching move. He fired Robby Ftorek with eight games left in the 1999-2000 season and Robinson led the team to its second Stanley Cup title.

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