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Skirmish afterward. Johansson was pummeling Martin on the Stanley Cup logo. Brouwer was holding someone down.
There’s a stronger drive by MCW.
Carter-Williams has to become more explosive on drives. He slows himself down with bad technique, then gets bumped off his line too easily
Islanders win, 3-1.
Clutterbuck empty-netter with 52.6 remaining. Game 7 on Monday.
Second time Noah has made himself useful by screening off a help defender on a Dunleavy bucket
I think Brock Nelson has lost his helmet three times today. Chinstrap, buddy.
Wow, the Chicago student section is loud today
Under four minutes remaining. Some time still, but Holtby watch is on.
Overhead replay shows Beagle's attempt hit the crossbar and died on impact, falling straight down behind Halak.
Ovechkin hits Tavares hard in left corner, and somehow the puck squirts back to Kulemin for the goal. No idea how. Replays focused on hit.
After that Game 3 OT mishap, every time Holtby's had a choice between putting the puck down or freezing it, he's kept it every time.
Chris Webber discussed the Wizards probably watching the Hawks lose & noting they could rest before a semifinal matchup. That just happened.
Sad watching Jeff Teague now
Guessing Brooklyn will switch everything now.
I'm making bad jokes all over the Internets today. I blame the cruddy Internet in this building for not letting me delete them quickly.
The Hawks have not scored since the 2:58 mark of the third quarter.
Jeff Teague and Dennis Schoreder have been brutal. If I’m Atlanta, I’m worried about them going against the Wizards’ pick and roll coverages
End of two periods, tied 1-1. Islanders 27, Capitals 26. New York showing quite a bit of fight there in the last 10 minutes.
My ears, plus Donovan shouting and then heading down the tunnel, made me think otherwise. Anyway, he was not happy with Niskanen.
I take that back. I was wrong: I heard the original announcement as a disqualification. Donovan was assessed a 10-minute misconduct.
Officials have disqualified the Islanders' Matt Donovan.
Everyone knows to force Thad to go right. Nobody can actually do it.
Atlanta’s defense is swarming. It’s also the biggest reason I’m tempering expectations for the Wiz in the next round.
Surprised the Hawks let Brook get that easy a post catch.
Should mention that Wtttman said Beal is fine. He banged knees with a Raptors player last night.
Asked Wittman how Beal's doing after banging knees with a Raptors player last night. "Fine," he said.
Good hustle by Green to get in from the bench and deny Okposo the open opportunity from the blue line.
If Lopez gets the ball that close against this kind of swarming defense, he has to shoot it.
Islanders now 0-for-13 on the power play this series. Had a chance with Ward's stick broken, didn't even matter.
Used to hate watching Alan Anderson play, but his shot selection is much improved from his Toronto days. Underrated player
12-point quarter for Brooklyn after a 31-point first
Thought it was a deflection, but it looked like Carlson drilled that one off Halak's mask.
Positive vibes ONLY !!
Tied up with 4.3 remaining in first period.
Tavares slash on Kuznetsov. Knocked him on the wrist. One would think the Islanders are playing with fire here, but at 1-for-12, eh.
Islanders, Halak under duress during that power play, but they killed it off. Johansson air-mailed a rebound from four feet.
Which is to say: yes, Atlanta’s been unusually cold from three. But if I’m coaching vs ATL, I’ll live if those 3 aren’t beating me from deep
Penalty on Kulemin, who somehow got whistled for cross-checking after he broke the handle off his stick.
Part of the issue with Atlanta is who is taking these threes. Korver/Millsap/Carrol have taken just 3 of their 12 triples.
Niskanen's attempt with maybe one second left in that power play was basically all the Capitals had there. Now 1-for-11 this series.
Er, with 6:54 remaining.
Strait for a high stick on Ward at 6:54. Capitals are 1-for-10 on the power play this series; were at 25.3 percent during the season.
Frankly, seems like Bazemore is the guy messing Atlanta’s spacing up the most.
Islanders, 1-0, at 6:57. Tavares came in from the right side, swooped in front of Carlson at the right circle and had Nelson screening.
You never saw the Hawks get caught with overlapping cuts killing their spacing in the regular season
Why did Hollins take out Bogdanovic to play the Jack/Deron backcourt?
Two on one, Backstrom and Ward on new defenseman Mayfield, and Halak casts aside Ward's opportunity.
Latta "chatting" with Martin all the way back to their benches.
Why is Kent Bazemore trying to take someone off the dribble?
That possession, by contrast, was good Nets defense.
A possession like that is not good defense. It’s just weirdly shaky execution, particularly from Teague.
Have you ever just sat there and realized how blessed you are?
Atlanta’s offense should not be struggling this much.
Anders Lee, sixth among rookies with 41 points, second on the Islanders with 25 goals in regular season, looks to be a scratch.
Same Capitals lineups: Ovechkin/Backstrom/Ward, Johansson/Kuznetsov/Chimera, Burakovsky/Beagle/Brouwer; Laich/Latta/Wilson. No Glencross.
Gooden theorized Porter has improved because Pierce didn’t practice much at end of season so Porter had to guard Gooden at the 3.
Everyone on the ice for warm-ups. Glencross skating, as is the usual even in the playoffs for scratches.
Gooden said he played SF in practices late in season when Pierce rested. "That's probably why Otto got better. He had to guard me."
Pucks being flung onto ice. Warm-ups are nigh.
Now with the 3-0 guys http://t.co/xh6eMD9X6b
And, the last six games between the teams here have gone to overtime, but we'll just never speak of that again.
From Oct. 8, 1997 through March 6, 2001, the Capitals won every game they played at Nassau Coliseum. That was a nine-game winning streak.
The Capitals were winless in their first 19 games in the building, from Jan. 2, 1975 through Dec. 23, 1982. Seventeen defeats, two ties.
A little number-crunching: Entering today, the Capitals and Islanders have played 116 total games at Nassau Coliseum. Washington is 53-61-2.
Also, potential debuting Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock is from Dauphin, Manitoba, population of 8,251 and hometown of one Barry Trotz.
Gooden: "I got the green light from my coaches & my teammates. I mean, neon green light. They’re actually mad at me when I don’t shoot it."
The Islanders could have Matt Donovan and Ryan Pulock pair up today. Neither has played in the postseason; Pulock would be making NHL debut.
Lowry on Wizards: "Their guards are playing well. Their bigs are playing defense extremely well. Their game planning has been on point."
DeRozan today: "Everything that could go bad for us has went bad for us in these three games. Luck got to turn for us at some point."
So, I thought there was no way the Capitals played seven 3 p.m. games this season. They couldn't be 5-2. They're 2-1.
Spotted at Farragut Square http://t.co/PA2GtN3RlA
Barry Trotz spoke for 24 seconds. No lineup changes. Team is 5-2 in 3 p.m. starts this year. Now you know.
“We’re gonna be back,” that gentleman said to his colleague. “New management’s coming in and they’re gonna need people. I guarantee it.”
The sad side of all the arena-closing talk: One worker, pushing a mop and bucket down the concourse, comforted another on losing their jobs.
Finally watched the Kawhi Show. What a game. What a player. Clippers need to kick their offensive pace back into gear.
Wizards On/Off stats per 48 minutes Beal: On (+4.7) Off (+33.2) Wall: On (10.6) Off (-6.4) Porter: On (17.0) Off (-11.1)
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