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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) stops the puck next to Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

Islanders beat Capitals 2-0 in Trotz's return to Washington

- Associated Press

Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck scored third-period goals, Thomas Greiss made 19 saves and the New York Islanders beat the Capitals 2-0 on Friday night in Barry Trotz's return to Washington to move into first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) skates with the puck against St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Washington. Orpik played in his 1,000th NHL game tonight. The Blues won 4-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

'Dinosaur' Orpik adapts to keep up with today's faster game

- Associated Press

Orpik, who helped the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup last season and played his 1,000th NHL regular-season game Tuesday, is certainly a rarity. Big, rugged, defensive defensemen are going the way of prehistoric animals, mask-less goaltenders, helmet-less skaters and enforcers, except the ones like Orpik who have adapted to keep pace with the speed of modern hockey.

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33), of Sweden, scores his third goal of the night, against Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1), during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Arvidsson nets hat trick as Predators rout Capitals

- Associated Press

Viktor Arvidsson scored a hat trick on National Hat Day, and the Nashville Predators routed the Washington Capitals 7-2 Tuesday night to snap a two-game skid.

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is checked into the Washington Capitals bench by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Backstrom helps Capitals win 14th straight over Bruins

- Associated Press

Nicklas Backstrom scored in the third period after missing a game, helping the Washington Capitals win their 14th straight over the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory Thursday night.

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden gestures from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, in Washington. Reirden and Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters will coach the NHL All-Star Game Jan. 26 after leading their respective divisions at the halfway mark. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) **FILE**

NHL offseason coaching changes paying off in standings

- Associated Press

The six teams that hired a new coach over the summer are all doing well -- certainly when compared to the five that have dumped coaches already the season. Those clubs are a combined 47-60-11 since making those moves.