Islanders forward Anders Lee, top, fights the Capitals’ Tom Wilson during the first period of Game 5 of the teams’ opening-round playoff series on April 23, 2015, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Friedman: Forget The Injuries To The ‘D,’ The Islanders’ Offense Is The Problem

The Islanders made a statement on Thursday night. In fact, they made such a big statement, that most of their fourth line spent a good part of the game serving penalty time.

04/24/2015

Derick Brassard sets up in front for a goal against Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Consol Energy Center on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Brassard Thriving Under Pressure, Embracing Role As Mentor

Call him “Big-Game Brass.” Like clockwork, Rangers center Derick Brassard has emerged — again — as a go-to guy in the playoffs.

04/24/2015

Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals celebrates a third-period goal against the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Verizon Center on April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Islanders Head Back To Coliseum On Brink Of Elimination

Game 5 goes to the Caps, who can end the best-of-seven series Saturday in what could be the Islanders’ final appearance at Nassau Coliseum.

04/24/2015

Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the New York Islanders celebrates a goal in the second period during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Grabovski Returns, Reinhart Steps In For Injured Visnovsky As Islanders Ready For Game 5

The Islanders have mostly carried the play through the first four games of their opening-round playoff matchup with the Washington Capitals, but the series is tied nonetheless.

04/23/2015

Kevin Hayes of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning overtime goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on April 22, 2015. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers, Inspired By Vigneault’s Fiery Speech, Take Care Of Business

The Rangers came out of the gates flat in Game 4. It was a sloppy, turnover-prone, all-around dreadful start. What they needed was a kick in the butt.

04/23/2015

Tyler Kennedy of the New York Islanders skates against John Carlson of the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 21, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Coming Of Age In Tight Series Against Caps

Four games are in the books and the Islanders could’ve conceivably won all of them. Nevertheless, they find themselves neck-and-neck with the Capitals heading into Thursday’s Game 5.

04/23/2015

Goat of the week 1010 WINS

VOTE: 1010 WINS Sports Goat Of The Week

Each week, 1010 WINS sports director Marc Ernay nominates the most inept figures in sports.

04/23/2015

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 22: Kevin Hayes #13 and Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers celebrate after Hayes scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hayes’ OT Goal Seals It As Rangers Take 3-1 Lead Over Penguins

Kevin Hayes scored at 3:14 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.

04/23/2015

Lubomir Visnovsky of the New York Islanders leaves the game after a hit by Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals during the second period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 21, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Captain Tavares Warns Capitals ‘We Can Also Hit Guys Like That’

Islanders captain John Tavares issued a warning to the Washington Capitals after watching veteran teammate Lubomir Visnovsky crumple to the ice following a big check.

04/22/2015

Anaheim Ducks v Winnipeg Jets - Game Three

Ranking The Arena Atmospheres Of The 16 NHL Playoff Teams

Which team has the best playoff atmosphere in its building? Let’s find out.

04/22/2015

Ryan Strome of the New York Islanders leaves the ice following a 2-1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of their opening-round playoff series at Nassau Coliseum on April 21, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: With Pivotal Game 5 Looming, Islanders Need To Fix Their Power Play STAT

The ability of hockey players to bounce back from adversity should never be doubted. The greatest example is what happens in sudden death overtime.

04/22/2015

Lubomir Visnovsky

Islanders Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky’s Status Uncertain For Game 5 Vs. Caps

Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky’s status is uncertain for Game 5 of New York’s playoff series against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

04/22/2015

New York Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Three

Rangers Looking To Put Pens In 3-1 Hole In Critical Game 4 Matchup

In playoff atmospheres where momentum can change from shift to shift and it’s anyone’s guess how the result of one game will affect the next, there seems to be one constant between the Rangers and Penguins.

04/22/2015

Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals celebrates the game-winning overtime goal against the New York Islanders in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 21, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders’ Turn To Regroup After Caps Take Game 4 In OT

And just like that, this back-and-forth series is heading back to Washington for Game 5 on Thursday with another swing in momentum.

04/22/2015

A general view of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders will vacate the arena at the end of this season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Fans Trying To Take History, Swipe Seats From Nassau Coliseum

The problem? There are still playoff games on the schedule!

04/21/2015