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Robin Lehner's play was outstanding against the Penguins. Can he keep it up, former NHL player Patrick Sharp gives his opinion.

Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner turned his life around, getting sober after abusing alcohol and drugs, and then turned his career around. His outstanding season led to Lehner becoming one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy.

He followed that up with a terrific first round as the Isles swept the Penguins in the first round. NBC Sports analyst Patrick Sharp, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks, breaks down Lehner's play and a potential goalie matchup against either Washington's Braden Holtby or Carolina's Petr Mrazek.

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Apr 12, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates with goalie Robin Lehner (40) after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 12, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates with goalie Robin Lehner (40) after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Islanders are going to be waiting a while to find out who their next opponent is.

They know for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs that they'll play the winner of the Washington-Carolina series, but that series is guaranteed to go until at least Monday night after the Hurricanes defeated the Capitals Thursday night in Game 4 to tie the series at 2-2. The home team has won each game, and Washington will host Game 5 on Saturday before the series shifts back to Raleigh Monday for Game 6. Had Washington won Thursday, they could've won the series on Saturday.

So it will be more than a week between games for the Isles, who clinched a sweep of the Penguins on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. 

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Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders' division championship drought was extended to 30 seasons Thursday night. But the Islanders can finally end another epic drought Saturday night, when they visit the Washington Capitals in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Each squad was off Friday following pivotal 2-1 wins Thursday, when the Islanders edged the host Florida Panthers in the shootout and the Capitals beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens in regulation.

The win by the Capitals (48-25-8) locked up their fourth straight Metropolitan Division championship and brought an end to one decades-long pursuit for the Islanders (47-27-7), who needed Washington to lose to have a chance to win the division Saturday night. >> Read More

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Apr 1, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders celebrates the goal by New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Apr 1, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders celebrates the goal by New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

By losing to the Maple Leafs on Monday and failing to close in on the Capitals, the Islanders left themselves open to losing control of their destiny as they hope to open the playoffs next week at Nassau Coliseum.

But the idle Isles caught two breaks on Tuesday when the Penguins, who are two points behind the Isles in third place in the Metropolitan Division, lost 4-1 to a lottery-bound Red Wings team, and the Blue Jackets fell 6-2 to the Bruins. Carolina defeated Toronto 4-1 to jump Columbus in the standings.

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Feb 14, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Feb 14, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The most important piece of business for the Islanders was taken care of Saturday night when they punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now they look ahead to which seed they might get and who they might face when the first round starts next week.

But even though there are just three games remaining in the NHL regular season entering their Monday night matchup against John Tavares and the Maple Leafs, the Isles can finish anywhere from first in the Metropolitan Division to the last wild-card spot.

Let's take a look at all the playoff scenarios as the Islanders, who currently occupy the No. 2 spot in the Metro, prepare for the final week of the season:

Metropolitan Division champions

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(Geoff Burke)

The Devils' struggles continued Friday night as they were shut out by the Capitals in D.C., 3-0. New Jersey has lost five straight and has scored just one goal in its last three games. MacKenzie Blackwood made 33 saves. >> Box Score


First Period

  • 2:40 WSH Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Michal Kempny, Travis Boyd
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One night after their emotional win against John Tavares and the Maple Leafs, the Islanders took a 3-1 loss Friday against the Capitals, who are now tied with the Isles atop the Metropolitan Division with 81 points. The Isles have a game in hand. 

With Thomas Greiss pulled for an extra attacker, Josh Bailey put the puck in his own empty net with 1:28 remaining, a blind pass attempt for Brock Nelson gone awry. >> Box score

 


First period:

  • 2:43 NYI Tom Kuhnhackl
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Feb 28, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammates in front of Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 28, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammates in front of Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Head coach Barry Trotz likes that the New York Islanders have gotten a preview of life in the playoffs the last several days. Good thing, because another postseason-type game awaits Trotz and the Islanders on Friday night.

The Islanders will follow up their most raucous victory of the season by trying to maintain sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division when they host the Washington Capitals.

Both teams are coming off lopsided wins. The Islanders will be completing an eventful back-to-back set at Nassau Coliseum after routing the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 Thursday night. The Capitals were off a second straight night after cruising past the visiting Ottawa Senators, 7-2, on Tuesday. >> Read More

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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save on Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie in the second period at Capital One Arena. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save on Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie in the second period at Capital One Arena. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals 6-5 in overtime after Brady Skjei tied the game in the final minute of regulation on Sunday at Capital One Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:21 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad
  • 18:42 WAS Nicklas Backstrom; Assists: John Carlson, T.J. Oshie
  • 19:03 WAS Michal Kempny; Assists: Brett Connolly, Andre Burakovsky
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Islanders had a slow start after two periods with no score, then jumped ahead on Josh Bailey's 11th goal of the season to defeat the Capitals 2-0 at Capital One Arena on Friday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Capitals F Nicklas Backstrom managed a hat trick on his home ice, as the Devils lost their fourth straight road game 6-3 in Washington. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:51 WSH Nicklas Backstrom; Assists: Alex Ovechkin, Michal Kempny
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Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

In Barry Trotz's first game against his former team, the Islanders lost to the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:36 NYI Valtteri Filppula; Assists: Ryan Pulock, Leo Komarov
  • 2:50 WAS Tom Wilson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Madison Bowey

Second period:

  • 7:58 WAS Nic Dowd; Assists: Dmitrij Jaskin, John Carlson
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New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals were last in the same building together June 7, when they experienced the cathartic joy of the Capitals' first Stanley Cup championship.

It didn't take long for joy to be replaced by the cold realities of business for Trotz and the Capitals, who couldn't agree on terms of a new contract before Trotz, who coached last season as a lame duck, announced he would leave the organization June 18.

Three days later, Trotz agreed to become the head coach of the New York Islanders. And on Monday night, 172 days after Washington clinched the Stanley Cup by beating the Vegas Golden Knights, Trotz will finally reunite with his former employers and players when the Islanders host the Capitals at Barclays Center.

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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

The Rangers fought hard, but couldn't pick up the golden goal in overtime as they lost to the Capitals, 4-3, in Washington D.C.  >> Box score

First period:

  • 6:09 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk
  • 14:05 WSH John Carlson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom

Second period:

  • 3:32 WSH Alex Ovechkin (PP); Assists: John Carlson, Brett Connolly
  • 12:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (PP); Assists: Neal Pionk, Brett Howden
  • 17:01 WSH Alex Ovechkin (PP); Assists: John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom
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Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen celebrates scoring a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen celebrates scoring a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Alexandar Georgiev allowed three first-period goals before he was pulled as the Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:50 WAS T.J. Oshie; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Jakub Jerabek
  • 5:13 WAS Matt Niskanen; Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin
  • 8:54 WAS Ovechkin (power play) Assists: John Carlson, Backstrom
  • 16:39 WAS Kuznetsov (short handed); Assist: Alex Chiasson

Second period:

  • 13:16 NYR Lias Andersson; Assist: Jimmy Vesey

Third period:

  • 4:26 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Filip Chytil, Rob O'Gara
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Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils acquired forward Marcus Johansson from the Washington Capitals in exchange for 2018 second- and third-round picks.

Johansson, 26, recorded 24 goals and 34 assists in 82 games during the regular season and two goals and six assists in 13 playoff games for Washington.

A first-round pick in 2009, Johansson has 102 goals and 188 assists in 501 career NHL games.

The Devils will give up Florida's second-round pick and Toronto's third-round pick next season.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) warms up against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward)
New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) warms up against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward)

The Devils (20-20-9) battle against the Washington Capitals (32-10-6) to Newark on Thursday in the final game before the All-Star break.

According to STATS:

  • Washington was blanked, 3-0, in Ottawa on Tuesday night, snapping its 14-game point streak in the process (12-0-2 during streak). The Capitals failed to score despite getting six power-play opportunities against the Senators two nights ago -- tied for their most PPO with lighting the lamp in any game this year.
  • New Jersey lost, 3-1, to the Kings at Prudential Center on Tuesday night, and has now dropped five straight home games overall -- tied for its longest single-season home losing streak since a seven-gamer, October 8-November 10, 2010. The Devils are 2-8-2 when allowing three or more markers at home this season (8-0-1 in all other home games).
  • The Caps and Devils have split two meetings in 2016-17, each beating the other on the road. Dating to the beginning of 2014-15, Washington has beaten New Jersey five straight times at Prudential Center by a combined score of 17-5.
  • Alex Ovechkin had his season-high eight-game point streak snapped in Tuesday night's loss. Including one of his 16 career hat tricks on February 23, 2013, Ovechkin has 10 goals and five assists in his last 15 skates against the Devils.
  • Kyle Quincey potted the Devils' lone goal Tuesday night, giving him two markers in his last five skates (had two goal in his first 42 games of the season). Quincey has lit the lamp one time in 13 career games against the Capitals.
  • The Capitals have 11 different skaters with 20+ points in 2016-17 -- tied with the Wild for most of any NHL club. New Jersey has seven players with 20 or more points this season (tied for 16th in the league).

© 2017 by STATS.

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New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique (14) clears the puck from the Devils' zone during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl)
New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique (14) clears the puck from the Devils' zone during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl)

The Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils find themselves at opposite ends of the standings as the two Metropolitan Division rivals play their final game before the NHL All Star break Thursday night at the Prudential Center.

Sitting atop not only the division, but the entire National Hockey League, the Capitals (32-10-6) are in contention for a second consecutive President's Trophy. They own a league-best plus-51 goal differential, have allowed the fewest goals of any team (104), and are 12-1-2 in their past 15 games.

Meanwhile, the Devils (20-20-9) are tied for last place in both the division and Eastern Conference with the fifth fewest points in the league, and are desperately trying to avoid a fifth straight year out of the playoffs. The Devils have scored only 111 goals, third fewest in the NHL.

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Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) make a pad save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in overtime. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) make a pad save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in overtime. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 2:36 WSH Brett Connolly; Assists: Andre Burakovsky, Brooks Orpik
  • 19:01 WSH Jay Beagle; Assists: Brooks Orpik, Daniel Winnik

Second Period

  • 6:53 NJD Kyle Palmieri (unassisted) 
  • 11:05 WSH T.J. Oshie; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
  • 11:38 WSH Alex Ovechkin; Assists: Matt Niskanen, T.J. Oshie
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Dec 27, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates his goal on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (not pictured) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 27, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates his goal on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (not pictured) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils finish off a home-and-home series with the Capitals on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Prudential Center.

According to STATS...

  • Washington lost, 2-1 in a shootout, versus New Jersey on Thursday. The Capitals have killed off 27 of the last 28 opponent power plays (over the last 8 games).
  • New Jersey beat Washington, 2-1 in a shootout, on Thursday despite being outshot 44-27. The victory snapped a six-game road losing streak (0-5-1) for New Jersey.
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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (18) during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (18) during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders (13-14-6) look to extend their winning streak to three games as they welcome the Washington Capitals (20-8-4) to Brooklyn on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • Washington blanked Tampa Bay, 4-0, at Verizon Center on Friday night, snapping its two-game losing streak in the process. The Caps have four shutouts total in 2016-17 -- tied for third most in the league.
  • New York beat Buffalo, 5-1, at Barclays Center on Friday night, winning its second straight tilt since a season-worst five-game losing streak, December 10-18. The Isles netted just their sixth power-play goal of the season on home ice in their last game -- tied with the Avs for fewest of any NHL club.
  • Washington has taken two of three from New York in 2016-17, including a 4-2 triumph in Brooklyn two weeks ago. Dating to the beginning of 2008-09, the Caps are 12-2-2 in their last 16 road tilts against the Islanders, including a mark of 3-0-0 at Barclays Center.
  • John Carlson lit the lamp twice Friday night, recording just the second multi-goal performance of his NHL career (had two goals vs. Vancouver on December 2, 2014). Carlson has three markers and four assists in his last seven games (had zero goals and 10 assists in first 25 games of the season).
  • Ryan Strome had a goal and a helper on his way to garnering first-star accolades in Friday night's victory. Strome has three goals in his last five skates (had two goals in first 25 games of the season).
  • The Capitals are 18-0-0 when lighting the lamp at least three times this season -- best in hockey. The Islanders have allowed three or more goals 20 times in 2016-17 (tied for fifth most in the league).

© 2016 by STATS.

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New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)
New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)

NEW YORK -- Like thousands of workers in offices around the country, the New York Islanders have a big task ahead of them upon returning to work from the holiday break.

The Islanders will look to resume their long climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture Tuesday night, when they host the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. It will be one of 10 games as the NHL resumes play following a three-day break for the holidays.

Both the Islanders and Capitals won their final game before the break on Friday, when New York cruised past the Buffalo Sabres 5-1, while Washington blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0.

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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)

The Islanders face off against the Capitals on Tuesday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders had their six-game point streak snapped with a 6-2 loss in Columbus on Saturday. New York allowed four goals in the third period for the first time since March 25 at Tampa Bay.
  • The Capitals won their fourth game in a row with Sunday's 3-0 shutout over the Canucks. It was Washington's third shutout at home this season, tied with Chicago and Montreal for the most in the NHL.
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) carries the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus beat New York 6-2. (Russell LaBounty)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) carries the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus beat New York 6-2. (Russell LaBounty)

NEW YORK -- A lopsided loss Saturday night reminded the New York Islanders just how far they are from seriously contending for an Eastern Conference playoff berth. The Washington Capitals can make the task even tougher for the Islanders on Tuesday night, when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet at Barclays Center.

The Islanders' point streak was snapped at six games Saturday, when they gave up four unanswered goals in the third period of a 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Capitals extended their winning streak to four games -- and their point streak to five games -- Sunday with a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

"I think we seem to be trending in the right direction," Capitals right winger Justin Williams told the team's website. "We've won four in a row, but we've played better in every game we've won so far."

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New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders (8-10-4) head to Washington D.C. to face off against the Capitals (13-6-2) on Thursday night.

According to STATS:

  • New York lost a 3-0 third-period lead, but came back to score two times in the last 27 seconds of the game to beat the Penguins, 5-3, last night at Barclays Center. The Islanders have now won back-to-back games for just the second time of the season (also October 21-23).
  • Washington dropped a 4-2 decision in Toronto last Saturday night, snapping its two-game win streak in the process. The Caps are 4-1-0 in their last five tilts at Verizon Center, outscoring opponents by a combined 17-8 in those contests.
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) controls the puck against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) controls the puck against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

WASHINGTON -- The New York Islanders avoided a disastrous defeat Wednesday night and now have a chance to notch their first three-game winning streak of the season.

The Islanders (8-10-4) squandered a 3-0 third-period lead before Anders Lee scored with 26.6 seconds left and Nikolay Kulemin added an empty netter three seconds later to give New York a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After beating the Penguins, who are second in the Metropolitan Division, the last-place Islanders travel to Washington Thursday for their first meeting of the season with the Capitals (13-6-2), who are tied for third.

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) skates with the puck against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) skates with the puck against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders (0-1) go for their first win of the season as they take on the rival Capitals (0-0-1) in Washington on Saturday night. According to STATS...The Islanders snapped their four-game losing streak versus Washington by beating the Capitals, 4-3, in overtime on the road in early April of last season. The win also snapped New York's three-game road losing streak versus Washington, and the Islanders' four goals scored in that game were their most on the road versus the Capitals since November 11, 2009 (lost, 5-4, in a shootout).

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)

Islanders forward Mathew Barzal will make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Capitals, head coach Jack Capuano told Newsday's Arthur Staple. Barzal, 19, will take the place of forward Anthony Beauvillier, who played in his first professional game against the Rangers. Barzal is also expected to play on the team's top power-play unit.

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Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) makes a save as New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) looks for the rebound during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) makes a save as New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) looks for the rebound during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals defeated the Islanders, 2-1, at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday night. 

First Period 

  • Nate Schmidt (13:54, PPG) 

Second Period 

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Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov shoots the puck while falling to the ice as New Jersey Devils defenseman David Warsofsky and goalie Scott Wedgewood defend during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov shoots the puck while falling to the ice as New Jersey Devils defenseman David Warsofsky and goalie Scott Wedgewood defend during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

John Carlson scored at 2:17 of overtime, Braden Holtby made 22 saves and the Washington Capitals moved within grasping distance of the Presidents' Trophy with a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Carlson, playing for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury on Feb. 24, took a pass from Jason Chimera and ripped a shot from the right circle that beat Scott Wedgewood.

Wedgewood, who shut out Pittsburgh on Thursday night, had his shutout streak of 159 minutes, 34 seconds ended by the goal. It was the second goal he has given up in three NHL starts. On Friday, he stopped 25 shots.

The win gave Washington 111 points. They can clinch their first Presidents' Trophy since 2009-10 with a point against the Blues on Saturday or Dallas losing earlier in the day. >> Read more

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New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils host the Washington Capitals on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Washington is looking for a sweep of the season series with New Jersey after winning the first three meetings. A win would give the Capitals their first ever season series sweep of the Devils and the fifth season without a regulation loss.
  • The Capitals, seeking their first Presidents' Trophy since 2009-10, only need to eliminate Dallas for the No. one overall seed with a victory in Newark since the Stars, who have 97 points with seven games remaining, swept the season series.
  • Alex Ovechkin has 43 goals and 207 hits on the season, his fifth career season with at least 40 goals and 200 hits. Since 2005-06, no other NHL player has posted a season with these minimums.
  • In Thursday's 3-0 New Jersey win in Pittsburgh, Scott Wedgewood recorded his first career shutout in his second career start. Wedgewood has stopped 67 of the first 68 NHL shots that he's faced and also got the win in his debut against Columbus earlier in the week.
  • The Capitals are the only team in the NHL without two consecutive regulation losses this season. Washington has posted a 14-0-1 record this season following a regulation loss and has outscored opponents 53-26 in those games.
  • New Jersey is in the middle of their 12th and final set of back-to-back games this season. The Devils are 5-6-1 in first games and 5-4-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
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Marc Malusis and Sal Licata discuss whether the Rangers could hang with the Capitals in a playoff series after their win on Friday night.

Antti Raanta made 32 saves while subbing for the injured Henrik Lundqvist and Derek Stepan scored as the New York Rangers bounced back from a loss in Pittsburgh to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Friday night.

Raanta was pressed into starting duty after Lundqvist was ruled out because of neck spasms. He was stellar against the NHL's top team, helping the Rangers extend their streak of not losing consecutive games that dates to mid-December.

Jesper Fast and Keith Yandle also scored for the Rangers against Braden Holtby, who made 20 saves. Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie had the Capitals' goals in the first game between the teams since New York acquired Eric Staal at the trade deadline. >> Read more...

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Chris Kreider (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
Chris Kreider (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers face the Washington Capitals on the road Friday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Rangers lost, 4-1, in Pittsburgh last night, snapping their three-game winning streak in the process. New York is 5-2-0 (.714) in its last seven road tilts -- tied for second best in the Eastern Conference over the last four weeks.
  • Washington defeated Toronto, 3-2, at home on Wednesday night, winning its second straight game, and for the fourth time in the last six contests overall. All of the Caps' last eight tilts have been one-goal affairs -- tied for the longest streak of its kind in the NHL this season.
  • The Capitals have won each of the last three meetings with the Rangers (by a combined score of 16-8), including a 5-2 shellacking in these clubs' first skate of the season at Verizon Center on January 17. Dating to December 27, 2013, these clubs have split their last 10 regular-season contests, each skating off with five wins.
  • Chris Kreider potted the Rangers' lone goal last night, and now has three markers in his last four skates. Kreider has lit the lamp three times in his last two games vs. the Capitals (zero goals in first nine career games against Washington).
  • Alex Ovechkin netted his 41st goal of the season Wednesday night, giving him 516 career markers, and moving him ahead of Pierre Turgeon for No. 36 on the NHL's all-time list. Including five goals this season, Ovechkin has lit the lamp in nine straight games vs. the Blueshirts -- the second-longest goal-scoring streak by any active skater vs. any opponent (Phil Kessel had 10 straight games with a goal vs the Thrashers/Jets from 2011-14).
  • The Blueshirts are 7-4-1 (.625) in the second of back-to-back tilts this season (seventh best in NHL). The Capitals are a league-best 11-1-1 (.885) when taking on teams playing in their second of back-to-backs in 2015-16.
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The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Tyler Kennedy during the first period of their game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Tyler Kennedy during the first period of their game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils face the Washington Capitals on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Capitals beat the Devils, 3-2, in a shootout on February 6 to extend their win streak versus New Jersey to five games. Washington has not won six or more consecutive games versus New Jersey since winning eight in a row versus the Devils from November 30, 1985 -- December 9, 1986.
  • The Capitals beat the Islanders, 3-2, on the road on Thursday night and are now 15-3-3 (.786) in games decided by one goal, the second-best record in games decided by a single goal in the NHL (St. Louis is 17-2-5, .813).
  • Alex Ovechkin had two goals on Thursday, his sixth multi-goal game of the season (tied with Dallas' Tyler Seguin for the most in the NHL entering the weekend). Ovechkin has totaled 106 multi-goal games over his career.
  • Justin Williams had a goal and an assist on Thursday night, giving him 41 points on the season (matching his 2014-15 season-total). Williams, who now sits one goal shy of 20 on the season, has not recorded 20 goals in a season since totaling 22 in 2011-12.
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Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie shoots the puck toward New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)
Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie shoots the puck toward New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)

T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin scored in the shootout, and the Washington Capitals tied the game late and beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Saturday.

Paul Carey, who was called up from the minors Friday, had tied the score in the third period with his first NHL goal.

Andre Burakovsky scored in his fifth straight game for Washington and Braden Holtby made 22 saves in winning his league-high 32nd game.

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New Jersey Devils defenseman David Schlemko celebrates his goal during the third period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)
New Jersey Devils defenseman David Schlemko celebrates his goal during the third period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)

The New Jersey Devils host the Washington Capitals on Saturday at 1 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • Washington defeated the Islanders, 3-2, at Verizon Center on Thursday night, snapping a two-game losing streak in the process. The Capitals are still the only team in hockey yet to lose three straight tilts this season.
  • New Jersey lost, 3-2, in a shootout with the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Thursday night, taking at least one point for the sixth time in its last seven games (5-1-1 record). The Devils have dropped four straight shootouts (2-1 in first three shootouts of the season).
  • The Caps won the first meeting of the season with the Devils, 5-3, at Verizon Center on October 10. Dating to December 6, 2014, Washington has defeated New Jersey four consecutive times by a combined score of 16-6.
  • T.J. Oshie had a goal and a helper Thursday night, earning first-star accolades, and giving him five points (1g, 4a) during his current four-game scoring streak. Oshie has just one assist in six career skates vs. the Devils.
  • David Schlemko had a goal and an assist Thursday night, recording his second multi-point game of the season, and giving him six points (2g, 4a) in his last five skates (nine points in first 39 games of 2015-16). Schlemko leads all New Jersey blueliners in both goals (6) and points (15) this season.
  • Washington has been held without a power-play goal in three straight games (0-for-12 during streak). The Caps are 22-0-2 when netting at least one goal with the man-advantage this season (14-9-2 when scoring zero PPG).
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New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid skates on the ice during warm-up before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USATSI)
New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid skates on the ice during warm-up before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USATSI)

With Alex Ovechkin back in tow, the Washington Capitals appear poised to resume their winning ways.

The visiting Capitals can build on their latest victory with a fifth consecutive win over the New Jersey Devils, who should have their No. 1 goaltender available Saturday.

Back from his one-game suspension for missing last weekend's All-Star festivities, Ovechkin scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:40 left in regulation to give Washington (36-9-4) a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday.

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin grabs New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USATSI)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin grabs New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USATSI)

Justin Williams had a hat trick and the Washington Capitals survived the loss of starting goaltender Braden Holtby to extend their impressive streak of responding after losses by beating the New York Rangers 5-2 Sunday night.

The Capitals improved to 10-0-1 after a loss this season and this time did so after Holtby left with dehydration. Philipp Grubauer replaced Holtby late in the second period and stopped all 11 shots he faced.

Holtby made 20 saves and got the victory, less than 24 hours after he was pulled during a clunker of a loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after being denied on a power play against the Washington Capitals during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after being denied on a power play against the Washington Capitals during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Islanders got off to a poor start against the league-leading Washington Capitals, but it looked like they were about to dig out of it. That is, however, until their fate turned late in the second period.

Brock Nelson scored just under two minutes into the second to cut the Caps' lead to 2-1. Then, shortly after the Isles killed off a high-sticking call on Kyle Okposo, Tom Wilson was sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct with just over seven minutes to go in the stanza.

The Isles inundated Braden Holtby with a flurry of shots, but Holtby turned them all aside and Washington killed off the power play. Just six seconds after Wilson left the box and the sides were even, Nate Schmidt blasted a slap shot from just inside the blue line past Jaro Halak to give Washington a 3-1 lead.

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Islanders dropped their final preseason game at Barclays Center, 3-1, to the Washington Capitals. New York now has just one game remaining before the regular season opens Oct.?9 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Monday's game was far from thrilling, but once again it gave us another look into what the team will be like once these games finally count. So here are a few things we learned:

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The preseason is winding down and the Islanders will see the Washington Capitals for the first of two exhibition meetings. Following Monday the Islanders will play their final preseason game in Washington D.C. against the Capitals on Sunday.

A few regulars are getting the night off, but the Islanders will field a pretty competitive roster in Brooklyn. Among the forwards on the ice will be Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey. Highlighting the defense is Marek Zidlicky, Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey.

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In the handshake line on Wednesday night, Alex Ovechkin said "good luck, man" to Ryan McDonagh and then went to shake Henrik Lundqvist's hand. (NHL)

Ovechkin said to Lundqvist, "Hank...good luck, I hope you gonna win it. I hope you go all the way Good luck."

Lundqvist thanked Ovechkin and told him that he did a great job in the series.

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Marc Staal was asked after last night's series win if beating Alex Ovechkin and beating his guarantee of a win for the Capitals was "extra sweet." (Newsday)

Staal responded: "absolutely." (Newsday)

Staal added that the Rangers took pride in "keeping our heads down" and letting their game do the talking. He added, "I thought we were really good all game long and we deserved to win the series.? (Daily News)

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As the Presidents' Trophy winners, the Rangers have home ice advantage for however long they remain in the playoffs so tonight's game seven is at MSG. (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said that one thing that might benefit the Rangers is getting the last change since they are the home team.

Ryan McDonagh called it a "huge opportunity" and the reason why the Rangers worked all season to win the Presidents' Trophy. He added that the Rangers crowd can provide energy and that being in your own locker room helps you calm down and focus on what needs to be done. (NYR)

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Alex Ovechkin guaranteed a Capitals win in Game 7 after the Caps lost Game 6.

He followed up his statements on Tuesday by saying, "I don't care what everybody thinks. I care what we think about as a group and as a team. (CSN Washington)

Asked about Ovechkin's comments, Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers are "real good" at focusing on what they want to control and they have talked about what is at stake in Game 7.(NYR)

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