ARLINGTON Jordan Staal Jersey , Va. (AP) When Barry Trotz resigned, the Washington Capitals didnt even bother with a coaching search.There was only one candidate and he got the job.Top assistant Todd Reirden will take over the Stanley Cup-champion Capitals, promoted from the bench on Friday in a move that allows Washington to maintain a sense of continuity. Reirden coached the defensemen the past four seasons, was a finalist for another NHL head job two years ago, earned a promotion to associate coach and played a substantial role in the first championship in franchise history.We feel that the time is right for Todd to lead our hockey club, general manager Brian MacLellan said. Based on his coaching experience, communication abilities, his approach to the game and the respect he commands in our locker room, we feel that Todd has earned this opportunity.MacLellan hopes promoting Reirden from within will allow the team to transition seamlessly into next season and beyond.Given his four-year tenure on Trotzs staff and the league-wide view of him as a rising star in coaching, Reirden was the only one interviewed for this job. He was hired less than two weeks after Trotz resigned and eight days after the veteran Cup-winning coach joined the New York Islanders.The 47-year-old former defenseman coached the American Hockey Leagues Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for parts of two seasons before serving as an NHL assistant with Pittsburgh for four years. Reirden was a finalist for the Calgary coaching job two summers ago but after losing out to since-fired Glen Gulutzan was given a raise and the associate coach title by the Capitals.As the assistant in charge of the defense, Reirden had a hand in the development of John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov.I thought he was crucial for my career and just changed kind of a few things how I looked at the game, changed a few things with the D that I think really benefited everyone on D and made it pretty clear what he expected of us and allowed us to go out there and do the rest, Carlson said after signing a $64 million, eight-year contract to stick around.MacLellan said last week this was Reirdens job to lose.Hes got history there and hes ready to try it as a head coach Womens Justin Faulk Jersey , and hes been successful with our defensemen, he said. I think he can handle the personalities in our room.Reirden takes over a defending champion led by captain and playoff MVP Alex Ovechkin, who was motivated by Trotz to adapt his game at age 32. He is the first assistant to take over for a Cup-winning coach the next season since Dave Lewis replaced the retired Scotty Bowman with Detroit in 2002-03 and the first to follow a champion coach who left in a contract dispute since Colin Campbell replaced Mike Keenan with the New York Rangers in 1994-95.Reirden describes his coaching personality as a mix of those he has worked with in the past the honesty of Joel Quenneville and the systems skills of Todd McLellan and Todd Richards. He drew rave reviews from Capitals trade-deadline acquisition Michal Kempny, who credited Reirden for putting together an effective plan that contributed to a key part of the Cup run.He get my belief in myself back and I really appreciate (him) for it because when I came here I didnt believe in myself, Kempny said.Current and past players praise Reirden for his ability to not only strategize but communicate. As the NHL moves away from taskmasters behind the bench, Reirden fits the mold of a modern coach.I think he did a great job taking everybody for being different people and seeing things different ways, Carlson said. I just think he seemed to connect with everyones different personalities. I think he makes you look at the game a little bit differently.Even the forwards who didnt deal with Reirden on a one-on-one basis got an idea about his benefits to the team.In the room and in practice hes always giving little tips to everyone, winger Devante Smith-Pelly said. I think he taught me just a lot of little things positional-wise and things like that maybe other coaches never taught me. He did amazing job, obviously, with the defense and a big part of the whole run. So I think hell do a great job and definitely help us defend the Cup. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets put on a fast-paced, thrilling playoff show that reminded everyone why they finished ahead of everybody else in the NHLs regular season.Thanks to Kevin Fiala, the Presidents Trophy winners go to Winnipeg breathing a little easier.Fiala scored off a 2-on-1 5:37 into double overtime to give the Predators a 5-4 victory over the Jets on Sunday night in Game 2, tying the Western Conference semifinal series.Very happy that we won, Fiala said. Thats all that matters. It was a huge game for us to tie it up 1-1. It was very big for us.Nashville had the NHLs best road record during the regular season Nick Foligno Jersey , but the Predators got the split they needed before Game 3 on Tuesday night in Winnipeg where the Jets posted the leagues best home record.Its huge, a big difference being 2-0 or 1-1, said Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had a career playoff-best 46 saves. Obviously, well take this. It was an emotional game, and now its time to go on the road and we need to steal a couple of wins in their building.Craig Smith and Fiala skated up on a 2-on-1, and Jets defenseman Dustin Byflugien failed to block Smiths cross-ice pass to Fiala who beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck with a backhander.Ryan Johansen scored twice, Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and two assists, and P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist as Nashville won both its 100th postseason game as a franchise and coach Peter Laviolettes 50th with the team. Filip Forsberg also had three primary assists for the first time in the postseason in his career.Laviolette said at one point in the second period the game looked like a track meet both teams were skating so fast. He noted the Jets finished just three points behind Nashville.Theyre a good team as well, Laviolette said.Mark Scheifele scored twice and had an assist. Byflugien had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Tanev had a goal for Winnipeg, which lost its first multiple-overtime game for a franchise that just won its first playoff series in the first round.Its a sucky way to lose, but we played a better game tonight than we did on Friday, Scheifele said. Thats a positive. We can be upset for 10 minutes and then after that, weve got to get our rest and then get ready for Tuesday.Tanev tied it at 3 Authentic Oliver Bjorkstrand Jersey , putting the puck past Pekka Rinnes right skate at 5:11 of the third. Johansen answered 34 seconds later, skating around Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom and beating Hellebuyck top shelf.But Scheifele forced overtime with his fourth goal in this series and eighth this postseason with 1:05 left in regulation and Hellebuyck pulled for the extra attacker.The Predators brought star Carrie Underwood in for the U.S. anthem as a proud hockey wife of Nashville center Mike Fisher, and Marcus Mariota brought the NFLs Tennessee Titans offensive linemen to wave the rally towels. Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan held up a huge catfish before they chugged beers Lewan using the catfish as a funnel.After throwing up a postseason-high 48 shots in losing Game 1 on Friday night, the Predators wasted no time getting on the board this time. Johansen scored 27 seconds in on Nashvilles first shot and a 1-0 lead, snapping Winnipegs streak of 10 straight games scoring the first goal with the Jets going 9-1-0 in that stretch dating back to the regular season.The Jets made up for that by scoring twice 29 seconds apart to grab the lead. Byflugien scored between Rinnes pads on a 4-on-4 at 12:47, and Scheifele made it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 13:16 of the period.Subban tied it with a slap shot for Nashvilles first power-play goal of the series and the Norris Trophy finalists first goal this postseason at 5:04 of the second. That brought the sold-out crowd to life again, and Rinne settled down as well. A couple minutes later, he made a big pad save on a shot by Kyle Connor and then gloved a shot from Byflugien.Arvidsson gave Nashville a 3-2 lead with a slap shot from the right circle at 18:41 of the second.Coach Paul Maurice said his Jets at least go home with a split and isnt sure that home ice will be a huge advantage with matchups not changing.There will be a little bit more excitement when Patty rings one off the post, Maurice said of his forward, Patrik Laine.NOTES: The Preds are 3-3 in multiple OT games in franchise history. Johansens goal was the fastest goal at home in the postseason for Nashville and second fastest overall. This was Forsbergs second three-point game in the playoffs for his career and third multi-point game this postseason. Scheifele now has points in four straight games, the first with multiple points in four or more consecutive playoff games since Paul Martin in the first four games of the 2014 first-round with Pittsburgh.