Capitals’ Peter Laviolette Passes Pat Quinn For the 11th-Most Wins By A Head Coach in NHL History

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:

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

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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