Call him “Big-Game Brass.” Like clockwork, Rangers center Derick Brassard has emerged — again — as a go-to guy in the playoffs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And just like that, this back-and-forth series is heading back to Washington for Game 5 on Thursday with another swing in momentum.
Some fans of the Capitals say they had to put up with racist and homophobic remarks while attending Game 3 of Washington’s playoff series against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Given a chance to put the pressure squarely on the Rangers, Pittsburgh instead reverted back to the uneven play it’s been unable to shake the past five months.
The Isles have made it a point of emphasis to limit the amount of room the left-winger has to unload his lethal slap shot. They hope to keep him silenced in Game 4.
For loyal fans of the Islanders, this year’s playoff run is tinged with even more of a sense of finality, and yes, sadness.
The suddenly vulnerable Blueshirts will enter the lion’s den when they take the ice at Consol Energy Center against the Penguins on Monday night.
Dan Girardi isn’t one to sit out a game — and it looks like he’ll be good to go for Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
When they have a lead, the Blueshirts knuckle down. They are the masters of closing out victories. The Penguins got a taste of it in Game 1 on Thursday night.
Islanders captain John Tavares echoed coach Jack Capuano’s message that they’ll need to be wary of a better Capitals performance in Game 2.
With the series opener upon us, here are the keys to what should be a highly charged, emotional series.