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<div id=”content_id”>ARLINGTON http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-dylan-larkin-jersey , Va. (AP) Washington Capitals will look a lot like the group that won the Stanley Cup last month.They re-signed defensemen John Carlson and Michal Kempny and forward Devante Smith-Pelly and have so far only lost fourth-line center Jay Beagle and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer from their title-winning roster.Yet the few changes could be substantial for the Capitals, most notably new coach Todd Reirden taking over for Barry Trotz with a roster that is so similar that the expectation will be another deep playoff run.”There’s going to be many things that stay the same, but there’s gonna be some things that I think I have to be cognizant of,” Reirden said as he was introduced Tuesday. ”I want to create an environment where players are going to continue to be challenged with new ideas and new ways to improve their games.”Based on the continuity of promoting a four-year assistant, general manager Brian MacLellan and Reirden expect this to be a ”seamless transition.” Set aside the awkward circumstances of Trotz’s departure and the Capitals had been grooming Reirden for a head coaching job somewhere in the NHL for some time now.Reirden was the finalist for Calgary’s job two years ago and in retrospect is glad that didn’t work out. His first NHL head coaching job happens to be this one, as just the fourth coach in the past 30 years to assume control of a Cup champion.With the vast majority of the roster back, Alex Ovechkin coming off a playoff MVP performance and almost the entire defense he helped develop back to try to repeat, the pressure is on.”Todd’s at that point in his career where he’s earned a head coaching job,” MacLellan said. ”He’s put in all the work. He’s got all the experience. It’s just a matter of seeing him take control. I have all the faith in the world that he can accomplish it. He’s just ready to do it right now.”Beagle signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Canucks, and the Capitals traded Grubauer and defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Avalanche to clear the cap space they needed to ink Carlson to a $64 million, eight-year deal. Orpik could still return after Colorado bought him out and made him a free agent, which could mean 18 of 19 players who skated in the Cup-winning Game 5 against Vegas are on the roster to begin next season.”It’s one of those offseasons where you’re not trying to make a change because you like what you have culturally Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids ,” MacLellan said. ”This group really seems to like playing together and there’s a good chemistry there, so I think it was our decision to try to (keep) as much as we could.”That did not extend to Trotz, who wanted to be paid closer to market value for a Cup-winning coach than the automatic extension that kicked in with a small raise from his previous salary. MacLellan believes Reirden can build on what Trotz started, and the 47-year-old new Capitals coach is confident in his abilities because of how much responsibility he had the past two seasons as associate coach.”We all had input in it in what our decisions were made,” Reirden said. ”I feel strongly about the direction of our team and the style that we played during the year that it wasn’t necessarily just one person’s idea, but it was our whole staff that had large input into how our team was going to play.”The Capitals will need one assistant coach to replace Trotz choice Lane Lambert, but will keep the rest of the staff intact. They’ll look to Travis Boyd or recently signed Nic Dowd to replace Beagle. And if they can’t bring back Orpik, they’ll likely find a veteran defenseman to play on the third pair.That’s about all that’s different when the Stanley Cup banner is raised to the rafters Oct. 3, which is no accident.”We’re always looking to improve certain areas,” MacLellan said. ”We always look at,
We’ve got a hole here. We need to fix that.’ Or,This is a way we can get to that next level.’ We’ve always had that type of attitude. This year, it’s trying to maintain what we had.”— UNIONDALE Gordie Howe Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Victor Hedman scored the only goal in the shootout Friday night to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Islanders 1-0 after both goaltenders put on a spectacular display through 65 minutes.Hedman beat Thomas Greiss on the first attempt in the tiebreakere for the league-best Lightning.The Islanders had a power play at 3:23 of overtime when Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov was called for cross-checking but couldn’t convert.Greiss and Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy put on a save-for-save clinic before the shootout. Greiss made 41 saves while Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots. Vasilevskiy turned away three more during the shootout.The first-place Islanders came in having won of 15 of their last 19 games heading into the All-Star break and their subsequent bye week. New York lost its second straight after a five-game winning streak.PREDATORS 4, PANTHERS 1SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and Nashville scored all its goals in the third period.Kevin Fiala and Roman Josi also found the net for the Predators, and Filip Forsberg had three assists. Juuse Saros made 27 saves as the Predators won their third straight game.Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers, who had a three-game win streak snapped. Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots.Behind 1-0, the Predators scored two goals in a span of 2:15 in the third.Josi tied the score when his shot from the left circle found the high corner of the net at 5:29.Arvidsson put the Predators ahead 2-1 when he took a drop pass from Forsberg and fired a shot from the right circle that beat Luongo stick side at 7:44.CAPITALS 4, FLAMES 3WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal with 57 seconds left, and Washingtonshook off the absence of suspended star Alex Ovechkin to end a seven-game losing streak.With Calgary’s Mikael Backlund off for holding, Kuznetsov weaved his way into the Flames‘ zone before firing a wrist shot past goaltender Mike Smith.An instant after the final horn sounded, several players traded punches before finally skating off the ice.Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 37 goals, received a one-game suspension from the league for skipping the All-Star Game. He had played in 214 consecutive games Authentic Gustav Nyquist Jersey , a streak that began in October 2016.Calgary trailed 3-2 before Elias Lindholm notched his 22nd goal of the season at 12:01 of the third period. Backlund and Garnet Hathaway also scored for the Flames.Nic Dowd, Backlund and Dmitrij Jaskin had Washington’s other goals.PENGUINS 5, SENATORS 3PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel each scored twice to lead Pittsburgh past Ottawa.Teddy Blueger got his first NHL goal and Casey DeSmith stopped 37 shots as the Penguins won their second straight after losing four of their previous five.Nick Bjugstad also contributed in his Pittsburgh debut hours after he was acquired from Florida, getting an assist on Rust’s first goal. He also won the offensive zone faceoff and provided a screen in front on Rust’s second goal.Bobby Ryan and Mikkel Boedker both scored power-play goals, and Matt Duchene scored on a breakaway for the Senators. Anders Nilsson stopped 35 shots as Ottawa, playing for the first time since Jan. 22, lost its third straight.HURRICANES 5, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Martinook scored the go-ahead goal in his first game since signing a contract extension, and Carolina beat Vegas.Martinook, who signed a two-year, $4 million extension earlier in the week, scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period as the Hurricanes won for the third time in four games. The goal was Martinook’s 11th in 51 games this season Womens Henrik Zetterberg Jersey , tying his single-season career-high. He scored 11 in 77 games with Arizona in 2016-17.Nino Niederreiter, Brett Pesce and Sebastian Aho also scored, and Justin Faulk added an empty-netter with 49 seconds remaining. Justin Williams had two assists and Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots.Shea Theodore scored twice for Vegas, which has lost five of seven. Maxime Lagace stopped 27 of 31 shots in his first game since being recalled from the American Hockey League.RED WINGS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2, OTDETROIT (AP) — Danny DeKeyser scored 2:40 into overtime, lifting Detroit past Toronto.The Red Wings retired Red Kelly’s No. 4 during a pregame ceremony, making his jersey the eighth to go up in the rafters along with all-time greats such as Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom.Dylan Larkin scored a tiebreaking goal on a power play with 6:27 left in the third and Patrick Marleau had a goal to make it 2-all with 2:19 remaining in regulation.Early in overtime, Larkin skated off the ice after grabbing at the right side of his abdomen.Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist broke a scoreless tie midway through the second and Auston Matthews tied it late in the period.Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for the Red Wings. Frederik Andersen stopped 30 shots for the Maple Leafs.STARS 3, WILD 1DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin scored two goals in the final eight minutes, lifting Dallas over Minnesota.With the game tied at 1, Mattias Janmark took the puck along the boards in the neutral zone and passed across the blue line to Seguin. His slap shot from the top of the right faceoff went under Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk and trickled into the net with 7:42 left.Seguin added an empty-net goal Jimmy Howard Jersey , his 20th of the season, with 24 seconds to play. The Stars won their third in a row and stopped the Wild’s three-game winning streak.Ben Bishop finished with 21 saves for Dallas. Dubnyk had 29 saves.Dallas’ Andrew Cogliano and Minnesota’s Brad Hunt scored in the second period, which ended 1-all.BLACKHAWKS 7, SABRES 3BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Kane celebrated his latest homecoming with two goals and two assists to surpass the 900-point plateau in leading Chicago past Buffalo.Kane capped the victory with an empty-net goal while upping his career total to 903 points, moving ahead of Tony Amonte for 12th place among U.S.-born players. Kane is from south Buffalo and extended his point streak to 10 games, in which he has combined for nine goals and 16 assists.Connor Murphy sealed the victory by converting Kane’s pass into the middle and snapping in a 30-footer through a screen to put Chicago up 5-3 with 8:36 remaining.Drake Caggiula had a goal and two assists, Brandon Saad scored twice and Duncan Keith also scored. Cam Ward stopped 40 shots and the Blackhawks avoided a brief scare before matching a season-best three-game win streak while coming off a nine-day break.Jason Pominville and Kyle Okposo scored goals 3:37 apart in cutting Chicago’s lead to 4-3 with 12:44 left. Jack Eichel also scored in a game the Sabres trailed 3-0 through the first 26:06 and 4-1 through two periods.</div>
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