Washington Capitals’ Peter Laviolette had a milestone night himself on Wednesday. After the Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 at Capital One Arena, Laviolette passed Pat Quinn (684) for the 11th-most wins by a head coach in NHL history.
In the locker room, Laviolette began addressing his postgame comments to the team; however, captain Alex Ovechkin stopped him to congratulate him and award the game-winning puck to Laviolette:
👏👏👏 https://t.co/q3Iwx60tIZ pic.twitter.com/Azibxf6NmB
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 25, 2021
Laviolette is having a good season in his sophomore year as Capitals head coach. After the first game of the 2021-22 campaign, which was a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers on October 13, he became the winningest American-born head coach in NHL history.
Laviolette has coached in 115 fewer games than Quinn (Quinn: 1,400 games; Laviolette: 1,285 games). His 684 wins rank fifth among active coaches.
Since coaching Washington last season, the Capitals hold a record of 48-18-10, tied for the fourth-highest points percentage (.693) in the NHL during that span.
By Della Young