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

Goat of the week 1010 WINS

VOTE: 1010 WINS Sports Goat Of The Week

Each week, 1010 WINS sports director Marc Ernay nominates the most inept figures in sports.

04/16/2015

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

Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders makes the save on Artem Anisimov #42 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Blue Jackets Beat Islanders In SO At Last Regular Season Game At Nassau Coliseum

Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg scored in the shootout to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a wild 5-4 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night in the last regular season game at Nassau Coliseum.

04/11/2015

Nassau Coliseum (Photo: Peter Schwartz)

Islanders Fans Bid Farewell To Nassau Coliseum At Last Regular Season Game In Uniondale

Saturday night marks the last regular season game for the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum before they move to Barclays Center next season.

04/11/2015

John Tavares (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tavares Breaks Stalemate, Isles Skate To 3-1 Win Over Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have spent the majority of the Sidney Crosby era treating the regular season as an 82-game exhibition until the playoffs start.

04/10/2015

John Tavares and the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on March 24, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Finally Clinch Playoff Berth With Help From Panthers

The Isles, facing a chance to get back to the postseason for the second time in three years, had been flirting with an epic collapse. But the slate is now wiped clean.

04/10/2015

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers takes a shot on goal during the second period against the Bruins at TD Garden in Boston on Jan. 15, 2015. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bad News For Islanders As Rangers To Rest Several Key Players Against Senators

The Islanders can also clinch a spot Thursday night with some help from other teams, including the Rangers. It just doesn’t look like the Blueshirts feel all that inclined to help their long-time rivals out.

04/09/2015

The Flyers’ Ryan White and the Islanders’ Eric Boulton, left, fight during the first period on April 7, 2015, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Will Definitely Get In, But Still Aren’t Ready For The Playoffs

Despite all the Islanders have accomplished this season, they are not ready. They are not in sync, nor are they consistent or building any sort of momentum heading into the postseason.

04/09/2015

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak looks behind him following a goal by the Flyers in the third period on April 7, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Are Doing An Absolutely Wonderful Job Making A Mess Of Everything

It happened so fast on Tuesday night, there wasn’t time to feel much of anything except total shock. The anger came later.

04/08/2015

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