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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

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

FILE -- Devils goalie Cory Schneider (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Devils Even Score Late, Come Up Short Against Capitals In OT

The Washington Capitals got rare goals from Matt Niskanen, Karl Alzner and Eric Fehr, along with 29 saves from Braden Holtby, to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime Thursday night.

03/26/2015

Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammates J.T. Miller and Dan Boyle after scoring a first-period goal against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on March 11, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Rangers Take Control Of Metro Division With Win Over Capitals

Goalie Cam Talbot and the New York Rangers moved atop the Metropolitan Division by beating the Washington Capitals 3-1 Wednesday night, while overcoming Alex Ovechkin’s league-leading 45th goal.

03/12/2015

Jaroslav Halak (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Halak Proving He’s A Franchise Goaltender

Maybe Halak wasn’t good enough for the Habs, Blues or Capitals. But the Isles are beyond thrilled that those teams let him go.

01/16/2015

Fans cheer during the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park on January 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Silverman: NHL’s Winter Classic Is A Gimmick That Needs To Go Away

While everyone likes to say how wonderful it is, it’s time for a little truth. These outdoor games are ridiculous, and they diminish the sport.

01/02/2015

Fans cheer as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Washington Capitals in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park on January 1, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Capitals Top Blackhawks 3-2 In Winter Classic

The latest NHL outdoor game had a cliffhanger ending Thursday, with Troy Brouwer scoring with 12.9 seconds remaining to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the league’s annual showcase.

01/01/2015

Members of the Washington Capitals skate on the ice during practice for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationals Park on December 31, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Glorious Sunshine Could Wreak Havoc On Winter Classic

A Winter Classic with sunglasses? With a halftime in the first period? Or delayed for a couple of hours on account of, well, gorgeous weather?

01/01/2015

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 29: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals makes a save against Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Blow Big Lead, But Manage to Edge Capitals In OT 4-3

Johnny Boychuk’s power-play goal 2:53 into in overtime lifted the Islanders over the Washington Capitals 4-3 after New York blew another three-goal lead on Monday night.

12/29/2014

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Ryan McDonagh #27 hugs Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers after defeating the Washington Capitals 4-2 in a game at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Rangers Win 7th Straight, Top Capitals 4-2

Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis each scored twice, Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves and the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to seven games with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

12/23/2014

Nate Schmidt #88 of the Washington Capitals works the puck past Johnny Boychuk #55 and Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders during the first period at Verizon Center on November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Capitals Beat Streaking Islanders 5-2

The Islanders will try for their first six-game winning streak in seven seasons when they take on the Capitals in Washington on Friday in the back end of a home-and-home set.

11/28/2014

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the Washington Capitals during their game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tavares OT Goal Gives Isles 3-2 Win Over Capitals

John Tavares scored a power-play goal late in overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

11/26/2014

Devils goalie Cory Schneider. (Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

Ovechkin, Caps Beat Up On Devils, 6-2

Alex Ovechkin scored in his third straight game, Braden Holtby made 26 saves and the Washington Capitals beat New Jersey 6-2 on Thursday night, handing the Devils their first loss.

10/17/2014

Teammates help injured Russian forward Alexander Ovechkin (C) during a IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round group B game between Russia and Germany, in Minsk, on May 18, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV

Ovechkin Injures Leg At Ice Hockey World Championships

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was taken to a hospital with a right leg injury Sunday after colliding with an opponent during Russia’s game against Germany at the ice hockey world championships.

05/18/2014

Dmitry Orlov #81 of the Washington Capitals and Mike Sislo #9 of the New Jersey Devils pursue the puck during the second period at the Prudential Center on April 4, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ryan Carter’s Late Goal Lifts Devils Past Capitals

Ryan Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:54 remaining to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

04/04/2014

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