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National Hockey League
Preview
Washington at NY Islanders
When: 12:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 19, 2015
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

After watching his team even its Eastern Conference first-round series without him, Braden Holtby plans to help the Washington Capitals gain the advantage when they visit the New York Islanders for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon. Sidelined with an illness, Holtby witnessed rookie Philipp Grubauer make 18 saves in his playoff debut and Jason Chimera score the go-ahead goal in the Capitals' 4-3 victory in Game 2 on Friday.

"I didn't stop shaking until 20 minutes after the game," said Holtby, who was able to take part in a brief practice on Saturday. Holtby had a good reason for his nerves as Washington yielded three of the first four goals on Friday before captain Alex Ovechkin scored late in the second period and Nicklas Backstrom and Chimera tallied nearly four minutes apart early in the third. "In the beginning, we were pretty aggressive. We got a 3-1 lead and we got a little less aggressive," Islanders captain John Tavares said. "The second half of that game wasn't our best."

TV: Noon ET, NBC, RSN, TVA

ABOUT THE CAPITALS: Backstrom, who scored on Friday for his first goal since Feb. 19, converted on the power play for the first time in the postseason since May 9, 2009 versus Pittsburgh. The Swede added two assists to record his fourth career three-point performance in a playoff game. Ovechkin netted his franchise-best 32nd career postseason goal and Chimera matched the Russian superstar by scoring his fifth career playoff game-winning tally.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS: Ryan Strome joined some pretty impressive company by scoring in each of his first two career playoff games, as only Jean Potvin (1975), Mike Bossy (1978) and Brent Sutter (1982) accomplished the feat for the franchise, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Tavares has notched an assist in both contests, continuing his strong surge after finishing the regular season with a six-game point streak. Josh Bailey also is enjoying a strong run, finishing the campaign with an assist in each of his final three contests before scoring a goal and setting up two others in the first two games of the series.

OVERTIME

1. Washington D Matt Niskanen notched a pair of assists on Friday to atone for his minus-4 rating in the series opener.

2. Game 3 has not been kind to New York, which has dropped seven of eight decisions dating to an overtime victory over the Capitals in 1993.

3. Ovechkin recorded a team-high eight hits in Game 2.

PREDICTION: Islanders 3, Capitals 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Washington 46-27-7-4 W1 24-14-2-3 22-13-5-1 7-5-1-0 39-22-6-4 18-10-4-0
NY Islanders 48-29-1-6 L1 25-14-0-2 23-15-1-4 4-5-0-1 44-24-1-5 22-7-0-3
Last Meeting
Washington NY Islanders
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/17/15 NYI 3 WAS 4 35 18 1-1 21 31 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Washington N. Backstrom 3
NY Islanders J. Bailey 1
Goals Player  
Washington K. Alzner 1
NY Islanders C. Clutterbuck 1
Assists Player  
Washington N. Backstrom 2
NY Islanders J. Bailey 1
Saves Player  
Washington P. Grubauer 18
NY Islanders J. Halak 31
Season
Total Points Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 85
NY Islanders J. Tavares 90
Goals Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 57
NY Islanders J. Tavares 38
Assists Player  
Washington N. Backstrom 65
NY Islanders J. Tavares 52
Saves Player  
Washington B. Holtby 1997
NY Islanders J. Halak 1631
Quickchart Matchup
Washington Off vs  NY Islanders Def
2.88 GF
2.73 GA
29.5 Shots
28.3 Shots
61 PP
49 PK
NY Islanders Off vs  Washington Def
3 GF
2.45 GA
33.6 Shots
28.8 Shots
50 PP
50 PK