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Capitals were last in the same building together June 7 Matt Hendricks Jersey Womens , when they experienced the cathartic joy of the Capitals’ first Stanley Cup championship.It didn’t take long for joy to be replaced by the cold realities of business for Trotz and the Capitals, who couldn’t agree on terms of a new contract before Trotz, who coached last season as a lame duck, announced he would leave the organization June 18.Three days later, Trotz agreed to become the head coach of the New York Islanders. And on Monday night, 172 days after Washington clinched the Stanley Cup by beating the Vegas Golden Knights, Trotz will finally reunite with his former employers and players when the Islanders host the Capitals at Barclays Center.Article continues below ...Trotz’s past and present teams are both entering the game with momentum. The Capitals extended their winning streak to five games Saturday with a 5-3 win over the host New York Rangers. The Islanders won for the second time in as many days Saturday, when they beat the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1.Of course, Trotz knows the buzz surrounding Monday’s game has little to do with the recent fortunes of the Islanders and Capitals. After all, it’s not every day a head coach receives his Stanley Cup ring while opposing the team whom he steered to the title. (Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn, who were the Capitals’ assistant and goaltending coaches under Trotz last season and are the Islanders’ associate and goaltending coaches this season Womens Torey Krug Jersey , are also expected to receive their rings during Washington’s visit.)Trotz is the first coach to leave a Cup-winning team for another head coaching gig since Mike Keenan bolted the Rangers for the St. Louis Blues following the 1993-94 season.The Blues and Rangers didn’t face each other during the lockout-shortened 1995 season, during which teams only played conference foes, so Monday marks the first time in almost 40 seasons a Cup-winning coach will oppose his old team the year after winning the championship. Scotty Bowman, who coached the Montreal Canadiens to four straight Stanley Cups from 1975-76 through 1978-79, departed following the last title to the Buffalo Sabres, who faced the Canadiens four times during the 1979-80 campaign. “It’ll be awkward a little bit,” Trotz said following Saturday’s win. “Just a little bit weird because there’s so many good memories.“They’ve got only a couple new guys, so pretty (much) that whole team is back. They’ve got a tremendous hockey team.”The Capitals (13-7-3) have shook off a Cup hangover to move back into first place in the Metropolitan Division, which they won under Trotz each of the last three seasons.“We’re starting to get that feeling again through our room,” Capitals right winger Brett Connolly told the team’s website following Saturday’s win. “We’re starting to get there, like we had towards the end of last year. That’s what we’re working towards. I think we feel it coming a little better.”But the Capitals are just three points ahead of the Islanders (12-8-2), who are tied for third place with the Rangers despite losing center John Tavares to free agency a little more than two weeks after Trotz arrived.A pair of number one goaltenders are expected to oppose each other Monday night. Braden Holtby Tuukka Rask Jersey , who sat in the second game of a back-to-back set Saturday, should start Monday for the first time since Friday, when he stopped 31 shots in the Capitals’ 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.The Islanders are likely to stick with the hot Thomas Greiss, who won both ends of the post-Thanksgiving back-to-back set, including Saturday, when he recorded 26 saves against the Hurricanes.Holtby is 14-4-3 in 21 career regular season games against the Islanders. He was also 3-3 against New York in the Capitals’ seven-game win in the 2015 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Greiss is 2-1-1 in four games against Washington. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona rookie Conor Garland was challenging for a roster spot before he broke a hand in training camp. Healthy again, he is making his mark.Garland was credited with two goals — the first appearing to just graze his uniform — and Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season and 12th overall to help the Coyotes beat the New York Rangers 5-0 on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak.“If you look at his goals, too, I don’t care if they go off his pants or not, he’s in front of the net,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet Zdeno Chara Jersey , who recorded his 100th NHL victory. “It doesn’t matter how they go in. I have to give him a lot of credit because he is in front of the net.”Garland was stationed just outside the crease when Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s wrister from inside the blue line got past Henrik Lundqvist on a power play to open the scoring at 7:19 of the first period, the beginning of another tough game for Lundqvist.Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists, and Mario Kempe and Clayton Keller also scored as the Coyotes scored all their goals in the first two period while winning for the second time in their last nine home gamesGalchenyuk has 10 points in his last eight games and Garland has three goals in his last two games and five in his last seven. He was recalled from Tucson of the American Hockey League early last month.“I feel more comfortable every game,” Garland said. “You get to see film, talk to the coaches after a game and pick up new things. It is slowing down. It feels good.”Lundqvist stopped 27 of 32 shots before being replaced by Alexander Georgiev with 3:22 left in the second period. Lundqvist also was pulled in his last start, a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.The Rangers have been outscored 18-3 while losing three straight games and have lost six of eight and nine of 12. They were shut out for the third time this season and have given up four power play goals in the last two games — three in a 6-1 loss at Colorado on Friday night.“We’re fragile mentally and physically right now, the ways things are going,” Rangers coach David Quinn said.“There are a whole heap of problems, and we have to address them. We had no legs today. They had way more jump than we did. It was every man. We just didn’t have any energy. You can’t play with no energy in this league.”The Coyotes had scored only four goals in their last three games and had been held to one or fewer goals in seven of their last 12, including a 3-2 overtime loss to New Jersey on Friday.“We wanted a good bounce-back game, and it starts with the first period,” Garland said.Kempe made it 2-0 exactly two minutes later when the Rangers could not clear a bouncing puck near the left circle. Kempe fired a wrist shot that beat Lundqvist high to the blocker side.Garland struck again at 6:34 of the second Eric Fehr Jersey Womens , when a shot from the slot deflected off Kevin Shattenkirk’s stick and fluttered past Lundqvist. Galchenyuk’s poke check at his own blue line started the rush.“We’re not starting very well, and it’s snow-balling on us,” New York’s Marc Staal said.Keller and Galchenyuk added goals in second, with Keller’s shot through the five-hole sending Lundqvist to the bench.NOTES: Rangers center Kevin Hayes, who is second on the team with 34 points, did not play for the second straight game. He suffered what is believed to be mid-body injury when he ran into the boards in a Dec. 14 game against the Coyotes. … The Rangers played the eighth game of a stretch in which they are to play 12 games in 23 days in four time zones. They are 2-4-2 thus far. … Kuemper’s mask was knocked off by Brandon Smith’s wrist shot 1:30 into the second period, and play was stopped while he got a new one. … The Coyotes swept the two-game season series after overcoming a 3-0 lead for a 4-3 overtime victory in New York on Dec. 14. … Tocchet was asked about his 100th victory: “It took a long time,” he said, smiling. It came in his 272nd game over three-plus seasons, the first two with Tampa Bay.UP NEXTRangers: At Vegas on Tuesday night.Coyotes: At Vancouver on Thursday night.


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