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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders takes a penalty shot against 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)

Tomorrow afternoon (noon to be exact), the New York Islanders will host game three of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs against the Washington Capitals.

Changes on the Horizon For The Islanders In Game 3

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15:  Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period in Game One 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)

Friday night’s game is just that, Friday night’s game. The Islanders must learn from it and move on. It was about more than broken sticks. It was about puck management, clearing the zone, and taking advantage of an inexperienced goalie. The Islanders did not do much of any of those.

Top Shelf : 4/18/15: The Best Of Five Edition

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17:  Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders takes a face off in the first period against Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals 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.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Welcome to the 2015 NHL playoffs. You didn’t think it would be easy, did you?

After a game one in which the Islanders dominated a lack-luster Washington Capitals team en route to a 4-1 victory, the roles were very much reversed last night as the series was evened up in our nationals capitals after a 4-3 Caps win.

New York Islanders: Must Move On And Shake Off Ugly Loss

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It is now a best of five series as the Islanders and Capitals head over to the Island for games three and four.

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Islanders Play Incomplete Game, Fall To Caps 4-3

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after a 4-3 victory 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. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Tonight’s Recap

Frustrating. Aggravating. Typical.

Call it whatever you want, but no matter what you call it, the truth is that this one was one that got away from the Isles.

Despite Series Lead, Islanders Have Issues To Fix In Game 2

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New York Islanders v Washington Capitals - Game One

The Islanders stepped it up Wednesday night in Game 1. They came to play and did not take their foot of the gas. They did not let up when they had the lead, as they have so many times before. They took the play to Washington and made the Capitals make mistakes.

However, the Islanders know they have to not only come out with the same intensity, but they need to fix the errors that were made. Let’s break this down to good and bad.

The Good:

The Islanders weathered a strong initial effort from the Capitals.

The Isles pressured the Caps and made them turn the puck over. The Caps turned the puck over 11 times.

Islanders vs Capitals Pregame Report: Game Two

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New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals: Game 2: Pregame Report

When: Friday, April 17th, 2015
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+, USA (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 4|17|15

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New York Islanders v Washington Capitals - Game One

Fresh off a Game 1 victory, the New York Islanders return to action tonight, continuing their series with the Washington Capitals at seven o’clock. The game will close Washington’s two-game home stand, and the Isles will get their first taste at home ice play beginning Sunday at what should be a boisterous Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Isles have a chance to do something they have not done since the turn of the millennium: take a 2-0 lead in a playoff series. If New York can earn a win in tonight’s game, the lead comes home, where Long Island will host three of the next five games, assuming the series goes to seven games.

Islanders Insight’s 2015 Playoff Predictions

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One day into the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the public has already been given what just will be a preview to the most exciting postseason in sports. Though it’s downright impossible at times to predict, the Islanders Insight team decided to take a crack at things anyway:

Editors Disclaimer: These picks were guaranteed to have been made prior to the games starting last night, believe us or not.

Islanders Time To Win Is Now

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Ottawa Senators v New York Islanders

The New York Islanders just completed a 101 point regular season, their most successful stretch in 31 years, and are now facing the Washington Capitals with a legitimate chance to win their first playoff series in more than 20 years. Last night was an excellent start with a dominating 4-1 victory on the road to open the series.

The team clearly didn’t finish as well as it started. The Islanders’ last two consecutive victories came on February 24th and 27th and an 11 win November seems like a distant memory.

Talk From the 300 Section – An Almost Complete Effort

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As Mike Bossy so eloquently put it last night.

One down, 15 to go….  A great effort by the Isles last night.  They accomplished what the needed already – get to even when they are home on Sunday.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 4/16/15

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders celebrates with the bench after scoring a first period goal against the Washington Capitals in Game One 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)

That was the perfect first step in the right direction for the New York Islanders.

For only the first time since 2003, the Islanders opened a playoff series with a win, a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on the road. Even better news is the Islanders looked good doing it.

New York Islanders: Steal Game One In Washington

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Islanders Capitalize On Mistakes, Take Game 1

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates after the Islanders defeated the Washington CapitalMarcin Gortat #4 of the Washington Wizards-1 in Game One 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)

Tonight’s Recap

The Islanders’ entered the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with plenty of questions that needed answering. In Game 1 of the First Round, the Islanders answered most of them en route to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

2015 Western Conference Predictions

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Continuing on with the 2015 Stanley Cup first round predictions, it’s time for the Western Conference. Again I have my picks all set, but I’m just going to do the first round. Here we go!

Anaheim Ducks & Winnipeg Jets

Winner: Anaheim

Anaheim has everything going for them and they should take this series. As a hockey fan, to see the fans in Winnipeg participate in the playoffs once again will be a treat. Anaheim may just be too much for the NHL Jets.

St. Louis Blues & Minnesota Wild

Winner: St. Louis

I’m going against the grain here and my theory is that all hot streaks must come to an end and so will Minnesota’s run. Other than that, brace yourselves for one heck of a series.

Nashville Predators & Chicago Blackhawks

Winner: Chicago

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals: Game 1 Pregame

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New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals Game 1: Pregame Report

When: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+, USA (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

It’s here! It’s finally here! It’s Tax Day! Wait, no, that’s not worth getting exciting about. It’s opening night of the 2014-15 NHL Playoffs!

Nassau Coliseum’s Greatest First Round Playoff Moments

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And you thought I was all done.

Put your seat belts back on, folks. Our trip down memory lane is not over just yet.

Before every playoff game against the Washington Capitals, we’ll take a look back at some of the best moments from the first round of the postseason that happened at the Nassau Coliseum.

What better way to commemorate the Islanders being in the playoffs than looking back at one of their greatest series with their current opponents, the Washington Capitals.

Islanders Tickets Are Through The Roof As Team Tries to Keep Nassau Coliseum Alive Even Longer

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After a terrific season, the New York Islanders have secured the fifth overall seed and the third seed in the Metropolitan division of the Eastern Conference playoffs. This positioning has locked them into a first-round matchup with the Washington Capitals, and ultimately could be one of the better series throughout the NHL playoffs, as the two teams both finished with 101 points this season.

2015 Eastern Conference Predictions

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It’s that time of year once again where everyone gets to prepare and write up their playoff predictions. Last year I went perfect in the Eastern Conference and bombed in the West (Thanks San Jose!). Yes, that meant I did have the Rangers going to the Cup, but not this year. I already have my picks set in, but I’m just doing the first round of each Conference. Each winner is based of the question: Who would win a full 7 game series? So without further stalling, here’s the Eastern Conference:

Detroit Red Wings & Tampa Bay Lightning

Winner: Tampa Bay

Tampa has enough tools, and depth and most importantly, a healthy starting goaltender. Unless Jimmy Howard wants to win the Conn Smythe trophy and upset the Lightning, it’s Tampa in the next round.

Ottawa Senators & Montreal Canadiens

Winner: Montreal

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 4/15/15- It Is Time

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at Verizon Center on February 21, 2015 in Washington, DC.

We have arrived. This is it.The crusade begins now.

With all clichés aside, today does mark the start of the most important stretch of the season thus far. The Islanders will be in Washington for Game 1 of the first round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The game starts at seven o’clock tonight, and can be seen on MSG+.

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