Sharks fire coach Pete DeBoer as team continues to struggle

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Peter DeBoer is the fifth National Hockey League coach to lose his job this season after being fired by the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. Boughner, 48, was the coach of the Florida Panthers for two seasons from 2017-18 through 2018-19, and rejoined the Sharks coaching staff this past offseason after serving on DeBoer's staff for two seasons from 2015-16 through 2016-17.

In the midst of a five-game losing streak, the Sharks have decided to make a coaching change. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the firing hadn't been formally announced. San Jose also fired three of DeBoer's assistants and made assistant Bob Boughner the interim coach. The Sharks went on the road for four games and lost all four, collecting only a single point in a shootout loss to Carolina.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the news. He guided the Devils to the Cup Final in 2012. San Jose is 15-16-2 overall.

San Jose has been wildly inconsistent this season, with winless streaks of four games and five games twice, including the current skid that ended DeBoer's tenure. For the past five seasons, he has served as a scout and goaltending development coach, where he has worked closely with the Barracuda, who have had a goalie named to the AHL All-Star Game in each of the last three years under his tutelage.

The Sharks have struggled mightily this season, leading to the first in-season firing since general manager Doug Wilson was hired in 2003.

The Sharks begin a seven-game homestand Thursday night against the New York Rangers.

Another NHL coach has reportedly been fired, making it five coaches to lose their job already this season. Alain Nasreddine took over for John Hynes in New Jersey on December 3, and Rick Bowness was announced as the interim coach when Dallas fired Jim Montgomery on Tuesday for "unprofessional conduct".

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