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Trotz Becomes Fifth Winningest Coach in NHL History

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz recorded his 737th career win to become the fifth winningest coach in NHL history.

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Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz recorded his 737th career win tonight against the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena to become the fifth winningest coach in NHL history.

Trotz has posted a record of 180-76-30 since joining the Capitals in the 2014-15 season. During that span, Washington ranks first in cumulative wins (180), points (390), goals (866), goals against (679) and power play percentage (22.8).

Trotz led the Capitals to their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy in 2016-17, marking the seventh time in NHL history a team has won the Presidents' Trophy in consecutive seasons. Washington posted a 55-19-8 record, marking the second-most wins and third-most points (118) in a season in franchise history. In addition, the Capitals set franchise records in home wins (32) and regulation and overtime (ROW) wins (53). The Capitals recorded 55 wins in two straight seasons (2015-16: 56, 2016-17: 55), joining the Montreal Canadiens (1975-78) as the only teams in NHL history to win 55 or more games in consecutive seasons. Washington also earned 238 points in the last two seasons, marking the most points in two straight seasons since Montreal recorded 244 points from 1977-79.

In the 2015-16 season, Trotz became the third head coach in Capitals franchise history to win the Jack Adams Award, joining Bryan Murray (1983-84) and Bruce Boudreau (2007-08). Trotz guided the Capitals (56-18-8, 120 points) to the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season club, setting franchise records in wins and road wins (27).

Trotz is in the midst of his 19th season as an NHL coach, spending his first 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators. Trotz, who was named as the Predators first head coach in franchise history in the 1998-99 season, is one of just six coaches in all four major North American sports leagues to have coached or managed a team's first 15 seasons of existence. Additionally, Trotz ranks third all-time in both games coached (1,196) and wins (557) with a single franchise (Nashville).

Trotz coached his 1,482nd NHL game tonight and is one of just 10 coaches in NHL history to reach 1,400 games. Trotz's 1,482 games rank sixth on the all-time list and third among active coaches behind Joel Quenneville (Chicago) and Ken Hitchcock (Dallas). Trotz has posted a career NHL record of 737-555-60-130.

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