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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. ...

Washington Capitals hire Peter Laviolette, who won Stanley Cup with Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach

Sep. 15, 2020 10:01 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals hire Peter Laviolette, who won Stanley Cup with Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach.
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in Washington. The Washington Capitals have fired Reirden after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the move Sunday, Aug. 23 three days after the Capitals lost to former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders in a five-game series. (AP Photo/Al Drago, File)

Todd Reirden returns to Penguins as assistant coach

Sep. 2, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Todd Reirden is back with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team hired Reirden as an assistant coach under Mike Sullivan on Wednesday, just over a week after Reirden was fired as head coach of the Washington Capitals following a playoff loss to the New York Islanders. This is Reirden's second...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in Washington. The Washington Capitals have fired Reirden after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the move Sunday, Aug. 23 three days after the Capitals lost to former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders in a five-game series. (AP Photo/Al Drago, File)

Capitals fire coach Todd Reirden after 2 postseason letdowns

Aug. 23, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

Back-to-back early playoff exits were enough to make the Washington Capitals realize they made a mistake. In the two years since promoting top assistant Todd Reirden instead of giving Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz a raise, they've been knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. On Sunday, the team...

Washington Capitals fire coach Todd Reirden after 2nd consecutive exit in 1st round of playoffs

Aug. 23, 2020 11:21 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals fire coach Todd Reirden after 2nd consecutive exit in 1st round of playoffs.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, second left, and teammates watch the final minute of the third period against the New York Islanders of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Milbury apologizes for comments made during NHL playoff game

Aug. 21, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former coach and NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury apologized Friday for saying during a playoff game broadcast that there weren’t women in the NHL bubble to disrupt anyone's concentration. The comments were made during Thursday night's game between the New York Islanders and...

New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) hits his head into the post after scoring on Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) as Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) and defenceman Brenden Dillon (4) look on during the second period period of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Beau knows: Isles use structure, young skill to advance

Aug. 21, 2020 3:32 AM EDT

Anthony Beauvillier paid the price for scoring when he absorbed a big hit from Tom Wilson into one of the goalposts. He shook off the pain and returned to the game. From start to finish, the play on Beauvillier's second goal in Game 5 Thursday night encapsulated the New York Islanders. They have the young speed,...

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...

Washington Capitals defenceman Dmitry Orlov (9) hits New York Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) during the third period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto, Ontario, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Isles look to close out Caps, Stars have Flames on brink

Aug. 19, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

Losing with a chance to sweep the Washington Capitals didn't surprise Barry Trotz on the opposite bench after he coached them to the Stanley Cup in 2018. “I know too much about that core," Trotz said. “I didn’t expect them to go away." His New York Islanders will get another opportunity to...

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...