JAY FEASTER was fired as general manager of the Calgary Flames yesterday, with the team in next-to-last place in the Western Conference.

Assistant GM John Weisbrod also was let go. Brian Burke, the team's president of hockey operations, will serve as acting general manager.

Burke said the moves were needed to get the franchise back on track toward a championship.

"I wouldn't have come here if that wasn't the ultimate goal," he said. "I have to look at the steps that have been taken and figure out what's the best way for us to get on that path. And I reached the conclusion that we needed to make this change."

Calgary did not make the playoffs in Feaster's two full seasons as GM.

Burke was hired by the Flames in early September. Calgary is 12-15-4 after defeating Carolina last night, 2-1, on Chris Butler's overtime goal.

Feaster became acting general manager midway through the 2010-11 season. In 2004, he was general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning team that beat Calgary to win the Stanley Cup.

Burke has had a long career as a hockey executive. He has previously served as GM in Vancouver, Toronto, Hartford and Anaheim, when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup under his watch in 2007.

In other games

* At New York, Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David Savard scored in the first 11:10 and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Rangers, 4-2, sending New York to its fourth straight loss.

* At Tampa, Martin St. Louis scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1.

St. Louis netted the lone shootout goal when he beat Jonas Gustavsson to the stick side. Detroit, which has lost all six of it shootouts this season, failed this time against Ben Bishop.

* At Ottawa, Craig Anderson stopped 40 shots in the Senators' 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith scored for the Senators (13-14-6), who have earned at least a point in four straight games.

* At St. Louis, David Backes scored twice and Jaden Schwartz added a goal and two assists to lead the Blues over the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-3.

At 13-2-2, the Blues are tied with Boston, Pittsburgh and Minnesota for most home-ice wins.

* At Edmonton, Chad Johnson made 41 saves to lift Boston over the Oilers, 4-2.

* At Nashville, David Legwand had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

* At Winnipeg, Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau scored in the shootout, and the Colorado Avalanche stopped a two-game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the Jets.

Noteworthy

* The Carolina Hurricanes activated forward Alexander Semin from injured reserve. Semin missed 12 games with a concussion suffered Nov. 16 at St. Louis.