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FILE - Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette answers questions during a news conference Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, FIle)

Capitals hire Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette

Sep. 15, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Peter Laviolette sees the Washington Capitals as another opportunity to take a team to the Stanley Cup Final and try to win it all again. The Capitals see Laviolette as the experienced, steady hand who can help them contend for another title in what could be the final few years of their championship window. ...

New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals with teammates Devon Toews (25), Brock Nelson (29) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) during the first period of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trotz's Islanders eliminate Capitals with 4-0 win in Game 5

Aug. 20, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Barry Trotz went through the handshake line victorious with players on the opposite side he coached to the Stanley Cup two years ago and his former top assistant who was chosen to replace him behind the bench. Trotz felt all kinds of emotions after his New York Islanders knocked the...

New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) makes a save against Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) during third period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ovechkin helps Capitals rally past Islanders to avoid sweep

Aug. 19, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — After his team gave up two goals less than halfway through the first period, Washington coach Todd Rierden called a timeout. The Capitals started playing better right after, turning the tide with a big penalty kill and some big saves. Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including the go-ahead goal...

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) reacts after scoring the winning goal against the Washington Capitals during overtime NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Islanders beat Capitals 2-1 in OT, take 3-0 lead in series

Aug. 16, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Mathew Barzal slipped behind the defense, swooped in front of the net and beat Braden Holtby with a backhand that put the 2018 Stanley Cup champions on the brink of another early exit. Barzal scored 4:28 into overtime shortly after Semyon Varlamov made two saves on a breakaway, lifting the...

New York Islanders centre Brock Nelson (29) scores on Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) during the second period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup hockey playoff game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Islanders play Trotz hockey, take 2-0 series lead on Caps

Aug. 14, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Long after Brock Nelson scored on a breakaway to restore the New York Islanders' lead, he and his teammates hemmed the Washington Capitals in their zone for a long shift that can wear an opponent down. Then Cal Clutterbuck tipped Jean-Gabriel Pageau's shot past Braden Holtby to break the...

New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal with teammate Brock Nelson (29) after scoring against the Washington Capitals during the third period of an  NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bailey helps Islanders rally to beat Capitals 4-2 in Game 1

Aug. 12, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Islanders coach Barry Trotz isn't surprised the Washington Capitals, his former team, is unhappy with Anders Lee. Trotz didn't see anything wrong with Lee's play in a 4-2 first-round series playoff-opening victory in which the New York captain set the tone with a big hit on Capitals...

New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz give instructions during a team practice, Monday, July 13, 2020, at the team's practice facility in East Meadow, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Preview: Trotz, Islanders face Capitals in first round

Aug. 11, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

Barry Trotz famously told the then-defending champion Washington Capitals two years ago any future title runs would go through Long Island. Toronto will have to do. Trotz and the New York Islanders will face the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with Game 1 on Wednesday night. Like all...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2007, file photo, Nashville Predators center Jerred Smithson (25) clears the puck away from Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Anson Carter, center, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. Carter played a decade in the NHL and has since become an analyst for NBC Sports, which will launch “Hockey Culture” with him at the center of the show. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Hockey makes progress in midst of awakening about racism

Aug. 11, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

Anson Carter filled his time in pandemic isolation walking 11 miles a day, sometimes with his dogs, around his Atlanta neighborhood. When video surfaced of another Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, being shot and killed in nearby Glynn County, Georgia, Carter found himself looking over his shoulder. To use a hockey term...

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), right wing T.J. Oshie (77), center Nicklas Backstrom (19), defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) and defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) celebrate Oshie's goal against the Boston Bruins during first-period NHL Stanley Cup qualifying round game action in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Capitals beat Bruins to earn East 3 seed, face Isles next

Aug. 9, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson scored, Braden Holtby made 30 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in round-robin play Sunday to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and set up a first-round matchup against former coach Barry Trotz's New York Islanders. ...

Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg (8) vie for the puck in the cornerduring the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game  Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Toronto. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Laughton scores twice to lead Flyers past Capitals 3-1

Aug. 6, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers played like a team making a run as the best in the East before the NHL shutdown. With hockey back, the streaking Flyers just might get there. With one more win, they'll earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference in coach Alain Vigneault's first season. “I like...