Stanley Cup Playoffs

Frans Nielsen #51 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 5:31 of the first period against the Los Angeles Kings and is joined by Matt Martin #17 and Travis Hamonic #3 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 26, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Look To Take Lead In Series Vs. Capitals

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby wasn’t sure what felt worse: Sitting out a playoff game because of an illness, or watching the Capitals fall behind the New York Islanders by two goals before rallying for a victory.

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Islanders head coach Jack Capuano watches from the bench during a game against the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on Dec. 12, 2013 in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Capuano On WFAN: Islanders Pride Themselves On Their Will To Compete At High Level

Jack Capuano’s message is simple: We’ll just worry about what we can control, thank you very much.

04/16/2015

Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck during a game against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on January 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

Rangers, Penguins Heading In Different Directions Ahead Of First-Round Clash

When the puck drops Thursday night for the opener of their seven-game Eastern Conference playoff series, the Rangers will have been on a tear that began when they made the Stanley Cup finals in 2014.

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

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

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

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

Dalton Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets defends the Islanders' John Tavares, right, as he turns with the puck during the second period on Jan. 10, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Islanders Poised To Clinch Playoff Berth In Philly

With only three games left in the regular season the Islanders are still trying to put a little “X” next to their names in the standings.

04/07/2015

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, right, in action against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 18, 2015, at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Are Poised To Make A Brilliant Run To Glory This Spring

Here they come, thundering down the stretch.

03/20/2015

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5 Reasons Why You Should Become A Hockey Fan NOW

Of the four major professional sports leagues in the US, the NHL gets the least amount of coverage in the media, with fans and on television. With the Eastern and Western Conference Finals both going to Game 6, now is a perfect time to start watching hockey and here are 5 reasons why.

05/29/2014

FILE -- Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pressure Squarely On Habs As Rangers Prepare For Game 6

The money is on the table in Game 6, and Tokarski was quite shaky in Game 5. No matter what Therrien says publicly about his goalie, this rookie is going to have to play the game of his life to slow down the Rangers’ offense.

05/28/2014

Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers is attended to by the trainer during the game against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kreider-Stepan-Nash Line Starts Game 5 For Rangers

Derek Stepan will be on the ice on Tuesday night when the Rangers look to eliminate the Montreal Canadiens and advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1994.

05/27/2014

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