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Goalie Jaroslav Halak ended a first-rate season Monday night with 24 saves for the New York Islanders.

But the Islanders could only muster up 11 shots on Washington goalie Braden Holtby and, in the seventh and deciding game of this Eastern Conference First Round series, the Capitals prevailed, 2-1. It wasn't Halak's fault at all. He made several top-notch saves but the Isles couldn't get anything going offensively before the goalie gave up the game-winning goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov with 7:18 remaining in the third period. Halak entered Monday's game with a 4-0 record and a .977 save percentage when facing elimination against the Capitals. He also was 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .963 save percentage in Game 7s. But all that is history now. Halak finished the series with a record of 3-4, a GAA of 2.30 and a save percentage of .926. Halak, in reality, deserved a better fate.
Apr 27 - 11:22 PM

Frans Nielsen scored his first goal of the playoffs in the New York Islanders' series-losing, 2-1 loss to the Capitals in Washington Monday night.

The Isles disappointed themselves with only 11 shots on goal in this one. The anemic offense paved the way for the Caps to prevail and take the Eastern Conference First Round Series in the maximum seven games. Despite the dearth of offense in the game that mattered most, Nielsen gave the Isles a chance after he took a pass from Thomas Hickey and let go a soft wrist shot that found its way between Washington goalie Braden Holtby's skates to make it 1-1 in the third period. The Caps would win this game, though, on a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov with 7:18 remaining in regulation time.
Apr 27 - 11:09 PM

Defensemen Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Pulock are both watching from the press box Monday night for Game 7 with the Capitals.

Reinhart was able to play in his first career NHL playoff game in Game 5 but is scratched for a second consecutive game Monday night. He logged 12:42 in the 5-1 Game 5 loss and registered a minus two rating with one shot on goal. Pulock is just on the roster as insurance and has not seen NHL game action quite yet.
Apr 27 - 8:13 PM

Tyler Kennedy and Michael Grabner are once again healthy scratches for Game 7 Monday night in Washington.

The Islanders elected to keep the same lineup from Saturday’s Game 6 win over the Caps, which means Kennedy and Grabner are both in the press box again. Kennedy played in Games 3, 4, and 5 but was unable to produce any points and Grabner only played in Games 1 and 2, where he was able to tally an assist. Eric Boulton will also be a healthy scratch for Game 7.
Apr 27 - 8:12 PM

Defensemen Matt Donovan and Scott Mayfield are on the blue line for Game 7 Monday night against Washington.

With Travis Homonic, Lubomir Visnovsky, and Calvin de Haan all sidelined due to injuries, the Isles will keep both Donovan and Mayfield in the lineup with their season on the line. Donovan saw just 10:17 of playing time in Game 6 Saturday night while Mayfield received 10:30. They will be paired together once again to form the Islanders third defensive unit.
Apr 27 - 8:10 PM

Anders Lee is once again a healthy scratch for Game 7 Monday night in Washington.

Monday will be the second straight game Lee will sit out with the Islanders season on the line. The rookie has to be shocked by his benching the last two games but it doesn’t come unwarranted as he’s only registered one assists with a minus two rating and seven penalty minutes in five games played during the series. If the Isles move on to round two, then look for Lee to rejoin the lineup with a fresh start.
Apr 27 - 8:09 PM

Jaroslav Halak will get the start in goal for Game 7 Monday night against the Capitals.

Halak has a history of winning Game 7’s as and performing at his best in elimination games. The Isles goaltender won two Game 7s back in 2010 with the Montreal Canadiens and has a 6-1 career record with a 1.72 goals-against-average and .956 save percentage in elimination games. He will now go for his third Game 7 victory over the Capitals Monday night in Washington. In this series, Halak has a 2.34 goals-against-average and has held the Caps to two goals or fewer four times.
Apr 27 - 5:03 PM

Johnny Boychuk is getting ready for his eighth career Game 7 on Monday.

The core of the Islanders is still somewhat thin on playoff experience, so Boychuk's presence is particularly helpful in this regard. He's been averaging 26:01 minutes per contest in the first round, but he'll probably end up topping that mark in the deciding game of New York's series against Washington.
Apr 27 - 7:03 AM

Colin McDonald saw his first action of the post-season on Saturday.

The winger said he had a tough time in Game 6 as it was his first game since the end of the regular season. "We know what’s at stake here," McDonald said. "Every game you’re playing desperate and obviously, this was the most desperate game all year."
Apr 26 - 7:34 AM

Nick Leddy set up two of the three Islanders goals on Saturday.

The defenseman is now on a four game points streak as he has five assists in six games for New York. The Islanders made a great pickup when they dealt for the 24-year-old rearguard prior to the start of the season. He had 10 goals and 37 points with a plus-18 rating during the regular season.
Apr 26 - 7:28 AM

John Tavares was clearly pumped up as the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 to force a Game 7 in a testy first-round series.

Tavares scored a goal and an assist, with his helper on the game-winner by Nikolay Kulemin being most noteworthy, as he drew a ton of attention thanks to Alex Ovechkin's highly questionable hit. Tavares now has six points in as many playoff contests.
Apr 25 - 6:20 PM

The New York Islanders forced a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals with a 3-1 win on Saturday in large part due to Jaroslav Halak's efforts.

Halak stopped 38 out of 39 shots as he beguiles the Capitals in elimination situations all these years later. He's faced 30+ shots in four of the last five games, and while he hasn't won every time, Halak is giving the Islanders the kind of goaltending they've been lacking for many years.
Apr 25 - 6:17 PM

Brock Nelson isn't just returning to the New York Islanders lineup, he's skating with Ryan Strome and John Tavares on the first line against the Washington Capitals in Game 6.

Nelson has had some very nice runs of offense this season, especially when handed a prime opportunity linemates-wise like this one. He's a great option in various formats, including daily fantasy sports such as FanDuel.
Apr 25 - 2:57 PM

With their season on the line, the New York Islanders are keeping forward Anders Lee out of the lineup against the Washington Capitals in Game 6.

This is definitely a bit of a surprise, as Lee has had a nice season with New York, not looking out of place while getting some turns with John Tavares' various lines. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Apr 25 - 2:54 PM

Look for Brock Nelson to return to the New York lineup on Saturday.

Nelson was a healthy scratch in Game 5 as coach Jack Capuano decided to put Mikhail Grabovski in the lineup. But the Islanders are having trouble scoring of late and Nelson could provide that as he had 20 goals and 42 points in the regular season.
Apr 25 - 8:34 AM

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