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Capitals name Scott Allen to coaching staff, replacing Scott Arniel

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The Washington Capitals on Monday added Scott Allen to Peter Laviolette’s coaching staff, where he will join assistants Blaine Forsythe and Kevin McCarthy and goaltending coach Scott Murray.

Allen, who will mostly work with Washington’s forwards and penalty kill, was the coach of the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Allen spent two seasons as an assistant in Hershey before he was named head coach for the 2021-22 season.

The 56-year-old replaced Scott Arniel, who left in early July to take an assistant coach position with the Winnipeg Jets. Arniel, who led the penalty kill in Washington, was an assistant coach with the Capitals for four seasons.

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The Capitals’ penalty kill went 18 for 18 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Florida Panthers, but Washington lost the series in six games. Washington’s penalty killing unit ranked 12th in the regular season at 80.4 percent.

Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan said in mid-July that the team had narrowed its assistant coach search to five candidates and wanted to hire someone with a skill set similar to Arniel’s. MacLellan said Arniel’s replacement was the only coaching change expected ahead of the 2022-23 season.

Allen’s coaching career includes stints with multiple NHL teams, including assistant positions with the Panthers, New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes. He ran the penalty kill in Arizona, and during the 2018-19 season the Coyotes were tied for first in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (85). Allen also coached in the AHL for 14 seasons.