New York Rangers fans enjoy the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on December 21, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Jared Max: What Defines A New York Rangers Fan?

“It’s a power-play goal!!” makes me happy the way the opening notes of a Rush song on the radio do. Let’s Go Rangers!! Cup or bust, baby!

04/16/2015

Ryan Strome celebrates after scoring a second-period goal in the Islanders' 4-1 win over the Capitals in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series in Washington on April 15, 2015. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Capellini: With An Effort Most Didn’t Expect, Islanders Grew Up In A Hurry In Game 1

The Islanders were simply a different team in Game 1 than the one that went just 6-8-5 over the season’s final quarter. They imposed their will against the Capitals.

04/16/2015

Members of the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals listen to the national anthem before the start of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

A Look Back At The 6 Previous Islanders-Capitals Playoff Meetings

In honor of their first-round playoff series with Washington, here are the previous six Islanders-Capitals series.

04/16/2015

Rick Nash scores against Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: 5 Things To Watch As Rangers, Penguins Renew Playoff Rivalry

With the series opener upon us, here are the keys to what should be a highly charged, emotional series.

04/16/2015

Josh Bailey celebrates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period in Game 1of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 15, 2015. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Islanders Make Statement, Snatch Home Ice From Caps In Game 1

Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome and the Islanders showed that experience is not required for playoff success.

04/16/2015

Head coach Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers claps his hands on the bench in third-period action in an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on March 31, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Vigneault On WFAN: Powerhouse Rangers Are Ready For The Next Challenge

When the Rangers were eliminated in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final last spring there were serious concerns about whether they could realistically take the next step this season. Yet they appear to be even better.

04/15/2015

Kevin Hayes of the New York Rangers skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 3, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: The Kevin Hayes Show Is Set To Air Under Bright Lights Of The Playoffs

Since the first of training camp, Rangers center Kevin Hayes never acted like an ordinary 22-year-old.

04/15/2015

Head coach Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers claps his hands on the bench in third-period action in an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on March 31, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Are Poised For First-Round Rout Of Disjointed Penguins

Look for Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello to torch Fleury repeatedly.

04/15/2015

John Tavares of the New York Islanders skates with the puck in the first period against the Washington Capitals during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 29, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Which Islanders Will We Get In The Playoffs, Jekyll Or Hyde?

If we get the team that blew multiple leads and played poor defense against Columbus (twice) and Philadelphia, this is going to be a very short series.

04/15/2015

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers tends net against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lundqvist On WFAN: Rangers Have A Lot Of Work To Do To Get Back To The Final

Henrik Lundqvist told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday afternoon that he’s in a good place physically as the Rangers ready for their opening round playoff series against Pittsburgh.

04/14/2015

Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Islanders’ Boychuk: The Past Is The Past — What We Do Now Is All That Matters

Compared to other teams, the Islanders are short on playoff experience. But Johnny Boychuk sure sounds like he can make up the difference.

04/14/2015

Martin St. Louis #26 of the New York Rangers throws a T-shirt to fans following a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s NHL Playoffs Predictions: Will Rangers Lift The Cup?

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Rangers were kings of the regular season, but will this finally be the year that King Henrik raises Lord Stanley?

04/14/2015

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders returns to the bench following a shootout goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Captains Ovechkin, Tavares Get Set For Capitals-Islanders Matchup

The 24-year-old Tavares enters his second career playoff series after finishing fourth to Ovechkin with 38 goals and second in the league — two spots ahead of Ovechkin — with 86 points.

04/14/2015

Following the end of the season, Damon Severson of the New Jersey Devils packs up his equipment at the Prudential Center on April 13, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Dark Days In Jersey As Devils Pick Up The Pieces After Uncharacteristically Bad Season

The New Jersey Devils have developed a new trend when it comes to the playoffs.

04/13/2015

Scott Gomez #21 of the New Jersey Devils looks on against the New York Rangers during a game at Madison Square Garden on April 4, 2015. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Schwei’s Devils Notebook: Little-Known Facts, Odd Stats And Strange Records

The New Jersey Devils ended the 2014-15 season on a sour note, going just 1-7-3 over their last 11 games to finish with 78 points, their fewest in a season of 80-or-more games since 1988-89, when they had just 66.

04/13/2015