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Capitals' Reirden among rookie coaches enjoying chess match in playoffs

Capitals' Reirden among rookie coaches enjoying chess match in playoffs

Brind'Amour not only has the Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs in his first season as coach but has made the necessary adjustments to tie their series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals at two games apiece. Along with Washington's Todd Reirden and Jim Montgomery in Dallas, Brind'Amour is one of the rookie NHL coaches in the playoffs whose decisions are playing major roles in the first round.

Just don't tell him that.

“The coaching thing is fun. I think it's a little overrated,” Brind'Amour said earlier this week. “You open the door and you say, ‘Go play.’ ”

Brind'Amour's Hurricanes are playing at their peak with the chance to put the...

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