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Paul MacLean fired by Ottawa Senators, with team 11-11-5; 1st NHL coach dismissed this season

  • FILE - This is an April 14, 2014, file photo showing Ottawa Senators' head coach Paul MacLean during a press conference in Ottawa. The Senators have fired coach MacLean, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014,  after an 11-11-5 start _ the first coaching dismissal in the NHL this season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

    FILE - This is an April 14, 2014, file photo showing Ottawa Senators' head coach Paul MacLean during a press conference in Ottawa. The Senators have fired coach MacLean, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, after an 11-11-5 start _ the first coaching dismissal in the NHL this season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is an April 30, 2013, file photo showing Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean instructing players during practice in Ottawa. The Senators have fired coach MacLean, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014,  after an 11-11-5 start _ the first coaching dismissal in the NHL this season.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

    FILE - This is an April 30, 2013, file photo showing Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean instructing players during practice in Ottawa. The Senators have fired coach MacLean, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, after an 11-11-5 start _ the first coaching dismissal in the NHL this season.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean talks with his players in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Nashville, Tenn. The Senators have fired coach MacLean, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014,  after an 11-11-5 start _ the first coaching dismissal in the NHL this season. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean talks with his players in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Nashville, Tenn. The Senators have fired coach MacLean, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, after an 11-11-5 start _ the first coaching dismissal in the NHL this season. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Senators have fired coach Paul MacLean after an 11-11-5 start — the first coaching dismissal in the NHL this season.

Assistant Dave Cameron is considered the leading candidate to become interim coach. An overtime victory Sunday night against Vancouver was not enough to save MacLean's job.

Ottawa is 10th in the Eastern Conference. The Senators made the playoffs in MacLean's first two seasons but missed last year following the departure of longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson.

MacLean's defensive tactics allowed opponents easier entry into the defensive zone, leading to games in which the Senators were often outshot.

MacLean won the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. He led his team to the playoffs despite injuries to Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson.