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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

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

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

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

Fans arrive for a game between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 19, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Respond To Claims Of Abusive Behavior At Coliseum

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.

04/21/2015

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals waits for a faceoff during the second period against the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 19, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Boychuk, Islanders Out To Keep Putting The Squeeze On Ovechkin

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.

04/21/2015

The Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck, left, tangles with the Capitals’ Curtis Glencross during Game 3 of the teams’ opening-round playoff series on April 19, 2015 at Nassau Coliseum. (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders’ Fourth Line Having A Ball Bringing The Boom To The Capitals

The Islanders came out like guided missiles to begin Game 3, launching themselves at everything that moved. And to absolutely no one’s surprise, the fourth line led the way.

04/20/2015

The Islanders celebrate a goal during Game 3 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series vs. Washington on April 19, 2015. (credit: Getty Images)

Tavares, Islanders Score OT Victory Over Caps In Game 3

Islanders captain John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to lift New York to a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

04/20/2015

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.

04/19/2015

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal in the third period against the New York Islanders during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 4-3. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Ovechkin, Caps Even Series At 1 With 4-3 Win Over Isles

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom helped make a winner of a rookie replacement goalie making his second start all season for the Washington Capitals.

04/17/2015

Brock Nelson (L) and Eric Fehr go after the puck in third period of the Islanders' 4-1 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Verizon Center on April 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Islanders Looking To Take 2-Game Lead Back To Coliseum

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.

04/17/2015

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

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

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

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