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After missing five games with a knee injury Max Jones Jersey Womens , Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne came back with quite the bang Thursday night in Tampa Bay.Rinne stoned the Lightning with 42 saves in Nashvilles 4-1 win, more or less stealing two points on an evening when the Predators were outshot 43-24 and outhit 29-16. Needless to say, rust wasnt a part of his game after a 13-day layoff.He was unbelievable, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. He looked really sharp to me he was brilliant, and he needed to be.Article continues below ...Rinne (4-1-0, 1.91 goals-against average, .940 save percentage) figures to be back in net Saturday night for the Predators last home game before their yearly CMA road trip as they take on the Boston Bruins in Bridgestone Arena.Nashville (10-3-0) owns the NHLs best record and is off to the fastest start through 13 games in franchise history. It is again proving its ability to win any type of game, as shown by its league-leading plus-16 goal differential, and is flashing the depth that helped it finish with the leagues best record last season.The Predators won Thursday night with first-line right winger Viktor Arvidsson (lower-body injury) on the shelf. No matter. Rinne came up big, Kyle Turris came up with a ridiculous goal off an off-balance deflection and center Ryan Johansen set up two goals with passes straight out of a video game.Johansens blind, backhand pass from the left half-wall to Roman Josi for a goal with less than seven seconds left in the first period belongs on any highlight video.If you look at the replay, he takes a little peek and makes that spin-o-rama pass, Rinne said of Johansen. It was pretty unreal Andrej Sustr Jersey Womens , a beautiful goal. I wasnt surprised, but it was pretty cool to see in a game.While some might carp that Johansen doesnt shoot enough, and with some justification, he still leads the team in scoring with two goals and 13 assists. His linemates, Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg, have accounted for 18 goals, so its not like Johansen has needed to shoot.Should Arvidsson return from his injury, it will create a big-time matchup of first lines. Boston has one of the best around in David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, and they were on fire Tuesday night in a 3-2 win at Carolina.Marchand scored the tying and winning goals, and Pastrnak scored the first goal. Bergeron had helpers on all three goals.In the Bruins 7-3-2 start, the line has combined for 22 goals, including a league-leading 11 by Pastrnak Barrett Hayton Jersey Womens , and an absurd 50 points.Marchands goals broke a six-game stretch without a goal.Its kind of how he is, Bergeron said. He makes something happen out of nothing so we just try to send him and after that, he finds a way.Jaroslav Halak (4-0-2, 1.51, .947) has bounced back from a couple of off-years with the New York Islanders to help Boston get off to a fast start. He saved 42 shots against the Hurricanes, and has vastly overplayed incumbent Tuukka Rask (3-3-0, 3.15, .902).The teams split two regular-season games last year, both winning on home ice. Barry Trotz didnt scan the rafters for the banner.Back in Washington, he never once looked up for the championship flag hanging high above the home ice of the Capitals. Yet when he turned around for the national anthem, Trotz said he saw the big white letters standing out on the red banner: STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS 2018 around the Capitals logo.When the anthem was over, he turned back to the visitors bench and got back to work on trying to earn some more banners to hang in New York.After delivering the Capitals first championship in franchise history, Trotz is well on his way to changing the culture in his first season as Islanders coach and bringing that proud organization back to prominence. By implementing the same discipline off the ice and structure on the ice he did in Washington Michael Grabner Jersey Womens , Trotz has the Islanders in first place in their division past the halfway mark of the NHL season for just the second time in the past 28 years.It feels very similar to the first year (in Washington), Trotz said. We were building something. We started with the structure and trying to make every moment count, the accountability, how we play, professionalism all those things that make a pro athlete on and off the ice. We try to involve that with our organization as we did here. Theyve carried it on to the Stanley Cup, and were in the infancy stages.Modest to a fault and not eager to accept praise, Trotz considers the Islanders a work in progress. But a lot of things are working:They have won five in a row and 12 of 14. Their goalies lead the league with a .920 save percentage after ranking 28th last season. They have allowed the fewest goals a game in the league after being the worst in that category last season.All this after point-a-game center John Tavares left in free agency to sign with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. The Islanders were expected to struggle, to say the least.Instead, theyve thrived.I think a lot of guys took it as a little bit of an insult when we were starting to get ranked to be the worst team in the league after he left, fourth-line winger Matt Martin said. (Trotz) gets the best out of everybody. He gives everybody the role and responsibilities, everyones playing similar minutes every night, getting a real good opportunity to play. As a player, when youre getting those opportunities and you feel emotionally invested Marian Hossa Jersey Womens , you feel involved.It could take a while for the Islanders to become a perennial Cup contender like they were four decades ago. But the building blocks are being put in place under first-year general manager Lou Lamoriello and Trotzs staff that includes longtime goaltending guru Mitch Korn.Trotzs former players arent the least bit surprised at the early success.If you ask him, Im sure hes not surprised either, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said. I actually think theyve got really good players there. But hes got that tendency to bring in a good system and to make sure you focus on the right things and hes always pushing guys to get better.Reigning Calder Trophy winner Mathew Barzal is on almost a point-a-game pace in his second season, captain Anders Lee is on the way to a 30-goal season, and Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss are stopping the puck at some of the best rates of their careers. Lee said he believes one of the Islanders strengths is how someone different seems to step up every night, a result of Trotz balancing ice time and making them feel like a cohesive unit.He does a wonderful job of rolling with guys that are feeling it or lines that are doing well that night and giving them matchups and getting everyone involved, Lee said. He has a really good sense of how the game is going, the flow of it, and he can make those quick decisions in-game that makes him so effective.Lamoriello knew what he was getting in Trotz, whos fourth all-time in NHL coaching wins and had an impressive resume from Nashville and Washington even before winning the Cup. The Islanders lucked out in getting Trotz, who left the Capitals in a contract dispute in June days after the championship.Theres no question that Barry Trotz is one of the elite coaches over the past X number of years in the National Hockey League, Lamoriello said. He came with a group that had a very sort of down year for a lot of different reasons last year. We added some unique people as far as what they bring as far as character as well as abilities. I think that everybody just has made a total commitment from ownership through management that we were going to do everything that was necessary to have success, and either people were going to be on board or they werent going to be.Defenseman Brooks Orpik said it took some time a few years ago for the Capitals to understand why Trotz wanted some things Joakim Nordstrom Jersey Womens , including the same set of rules for every player. The respect Trotz earned from Alex Ovechkin on down is growing with the Islanders.Hes been awesome, winger Josh Bailey said. As a group, youve got to be able to trust your leadership, which is our staff and Barrys the head of that for sure.After Trotz got his Cup ring earlier this season and before he coached his first game back in Washington, he told Islanders players he wants to have the same championship experience with them.Its a day-to-day process, Trotz said. You hear coaches use that, stay with the process. Just stay and keep growing as a team. And we dont know where were going to end up.

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