For the first 10 minutes of Game 4, it looked like the New York Islanders were on their way to sweeping the Washington Capitals in the First Round. That changed pretty quickly as the game went on.
The Islanders dropped the game 3-2 and Game 5 will take place on Thursday. Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves and Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mat Barzal each scored for New York.
It was the worst the Islanders have looked in the postseason this year after the Caps pulled it together.
1. Special teams continue to be a major talking point in the postseason for the Islanders. It was again on Tuesday as the Islanders went 0-for-5 on the man-advantage and are 1-for-19 through the playoffs. The particularly flabbergasting part of it all was the fact that the Islanders didn’t look half bad on the power play.
The Islanders had 12 shots on net during their five power plays on Tuesday and there were a couple of near goals. Anthony Beauvillier rang a several shots off of the iron during the man-advantage for instance.