Devils coach Jacques Lemaire retires

New Jersey Devils coach Jacques Lemaire has retired following his team's first-round playoff elimination for the third straight year.

Lemaire made the surprising announcement today in Newark. The retirement comes just four days after the Devils were ousted by the Philadelphia Flyers in five games.

Lemaire returned to the Devils last season for a second stint as coach. He led the team to a championship in 1995, winning the Stanley Cup.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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