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With their playoffs hopes dwindling, the Edmonton Oilers fired general manager Steve Tambellini and replaced him with former Oilers player and head coach Craig MacTavish on Monday. The Oilers made the announcement at a news conference Rexall Place in Edmonton. "We are not where we want to be right now, or where we should be. We feel strongly we make changes right now," said Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe. "We need to get better immediately. That starts today with this announcement." The Oilers are currently eight points out of a playoff spot with seven games remaining and a record of 16-18-7. MacTavish, who stepped down as head coach of the Oilers four years ago to the day, was named the new general manager while former Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson takes over MacTavishs role as senior vice president of hockey operations. As a player, MacTavish won three Stanley Cup with the Oilers. As a head coach, he led the team to the playoffs three times while amassing a record of 301-252-56 with 47 ties. "Im an impatient guy. We have to do some bold things to move this team forward in a rapid fashion," said MacTavish. "We have to a better job arming our coaches and our core players with a group to get us to a highly-competitive level." Tambellini was named the teams fourth general manager in 2008, succeeding Lowe. The Oilers did not make the playoffs over Tambellinis four-plus seasons with the organization. Over the last three seasons, the Oilers have had the first overall pick in the NHL Draft, selecting Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov. "Were poised for greatness and our fans understand that," said Lowe. "The responsibility is on us. We arent producing. We have to take a look in the mirror and turn things around," said forward Jordan Eberle after practice on Monday. Tambellini joined the Oilers after 17 seasons as a member of the Vancouver Canucks management team, including three years as the teams vice president and assistant general manager. "Steve is a very good man who worked hard for the Oilers. I want to thank him for all his contributions," said Lowe about Tambellini. The Oilers host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at Rexall Place. Philip Rivers Elite Jersey . -- Chipper Jones putting on pinstripes? The banged-up New York Yankees would love to have him. Philip Rivers Jersey . Reimer was the steady, effective force behind the Leafs sixth win in eight games and third in four tries against Montreal this year, stopping 36 pucks in a 5-1 victory at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday evening. . He sure didnt play like one. He was so nervous Sunday afternoon that he couldnt feel his arms and legs, and everything around him seemed to be moving at warp speed. Philip Rivers Jerseys . "I was working on my shot all summer and I had lots of opportunities to shoot it tonight," Westbrook said. "I had openings I needed to take advantage of. Philip Rivers Womens Jersey . Homan will play Scotlands Eve Muirhead in the evening with a berth in Sundays gold-medal game on the line. Swedens Margaretha Sigfridsson will play for gold after defeating Muirhead in Fridays 1-2 Page playoff. MINNEAPOLIS -- For the past few weeks, Minnesota has gotten more of the production from Derrick Williams they expected from the former No. 2 overall draft pick. On Sunday, the Timberwolves also got the sort of team production they wouldve expected if their key players had stayed healthy this season. Williams scored a career-high 28 points, and Minnesota got huge lifts in the final seconds from Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko and beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-95. Pekovic and Kirilenko each hadnt played in more than two weeks because of injuries, but Pekovic hit two late free throws after grabbing an offensive rebound with 14.5 seconds left, and Kirilenko blocked the Hornets last two shot attempts. "We had energy at the end and that helped when we have more bodies," said Ricky Rubio, who finished with 16 points and six assists, and completed a crucial three-point play in the final minute that cut New Orleans lead to one. "We can be more aggressive and we dont run out of energy in the last quarter." Greivis Vasquez led the Hornets with 24 points and Robin Lopez had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Minnesota shot 56.3 per cent, but New Orleans stayed within striking distance largely because of its work on the offensive boards, scoring 20 second-chance points. Even on bad misses, Lopez was there to rebound or tip the ball to a teammate to keep possessions alive. But turnovers hurt as New Orleans committed 20 -- leading to 18 points for the Timberwolves. "I mean honestly, we turned the ball over 20 times, they shot more free throws than we did, and were up four with one minute left," Vasquez said. "So no excuses, we just lost." The Hornets led by eight thanks to an 18-7 second-quarter run, but Minnesota stayed in it with some aggressive play from Williams, who had his seventh 20-point game of the season and tied a season high with three 3-pointers. Williams found himself the subject of sevveral trade rumours this year after receiving sporadic playing time under coach Rick Adelman.dddddddddddd. But hes been surprisingly consistently lately, which has led to steadier playing time with injured All-Star Kevin Love still out with a broken hand. "I really feel like Im getting a lot of my confidence back," Williams said. "Not just shooting, just overall. A lot of people have a lot of faith in me as well." Williams missed a couple of crucial free throws late in the fourth quarter, though, and Vasquez made two 3s to give the Hornets a three-point lead. But Rubio completed his three-point play with 48 seconds left to pull Minnesota to 95-94. "We had a chance to win the game," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "We were up by four and we fouled a guy going to the basket and gave them a three-point play. You cant explain that kind of stuff." After Gordon missed a mid-range jumper on New Orleans ensuing possession, Pekovic was fouled on a tip and went to the line. In his first game back from an abdominal strain, Pekovic had been 1 for 4 from the line but sank both shots to give the Wolves the lead with 14.5 seconds left. On the Hornets next possession, Gordon drove the lane but was blocked by Kirilenko, who had missed nine games with a left-calf strain. Kirilenko added one free throw and then blocked Roger Masons 3-point attempt as time expired. "They told me I had to keep his minutes down," Adelman said. "I fudged it a little bit but I had to get him out because I had a feeling we were going to need him at the end of the game for a defensive play." NOTES: Pekovic had 13 points and six rebounds. Kirilenko had eight points and five rebounds . ... Williams has scored in double figures in his last 12 games, the longest such streak of his career. ... Hornets F and former Wolves big man Lou Amundson made his first visit to Minnesota since being acquired on March 12. ' ' '
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