The Washington Capitals are officially in the win-or-go-home stage of their season after dropping the first three games in their opening-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the New York Islanders. But a much needed Game 4 win
Only four times in NHL history has a team come back from a 0-3 series deficit. Will the Caps be the fifth?
You're not going to want to miss Game 5. Here's how to watch.
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS HOW TO WATCH
What: No. 3 Washington Capitals vs. No. 6 New York Islanders Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada When: Thursday, August 19, 8:00 PM ET TV Channel: Capitals vs. Islanders will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Islanders on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 PM: Race in America: Capitals United For Change
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Islanders (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. ISLANDERS SCHEDULE (ISLANDERS LEAD 3-1)
Game 1: Islanders Win 4-2
Game 2: Islanders Win 5-2
Game 3: Islanders Win 2-1
Game 4: Capitals Win 3-2
Game 5: (If necessary) Thursday, August 20, TBD
Game 6: (If necessary) Saturday, August 22, TBD
Game 7: (If necessary) Sunday, August 23, TBD
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS WHAT TO WATCH
Alex Ovechkin put the team on his back with the Caps on the brink of elimination with two goals in Washington's 3-2 win on Tuesday night. Before that, however, it was Evgeny Kuznetsov who gave the team hope to comeback from a 2-0 deficit. His end-to-end skate past the entire Islanders defense looked effortless, and his cool and calm finish in front of the net matched the stickhandling.
While the Great 8 and Kuzy both continue to lead the way for the third-seeded Caps outfit, it's been the penalty kill that's been a source of dominance for Washington throughout this first round series. For Game 5, though, the Caps will be hoping to stay out of the penalty box to give themselves the best chance of survival.
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alex Ovechkin (48 goals, 19 assists, 67 points): All eyes will be looking at Ovechkin to continue to lead Washington back into this series. He's put the city on his back for a decade and a half now, and fans and players alike will lean on his services once again Thursday.
Seymon Varlamov (40 starts, 19-15-6 record): The Islanders netminder has been exceptional since the team arrived in Toronto, and is a major reason the Islanders hold a commanding 3-1 lead. In his eight starts during the 2019-20 playoffs, he's 6-2 with a 1.87 GAA. Washington always seems to run into a scorching hot goaltender in the postseason, and 2020 appears to be no different.