After getting out to an early lead in Game 1, a few critical mistakes led to the Capitals falling to the New York Islanders 4-2 to begin their Stanley Cup run.
Now, in Game 2, Washington will look to get back on track and even the series. A physical Game 1 means more fireworks are probably in store for Friday.
You're not going to want to miss this one. 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: 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
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Islanders (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
RELATED: GAME 2 PREVIEW
CAPITALS VS. ISLANDERS SCHEDULE (ISLANDERS LEAD 1-0)
Game 1: Wednesday, August 12, 4:04 p.m. (Islanders Win 4-2)
Game 2: Thursday, August 14, 8:00 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, August 16, 12:00 p.m.
Game 4: Tuesday, August 18, 8:00 p.m.
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
Braden Holtby took the blame for the Game 1 loss, and Washington will need him to rebound on Friday. Goaltending may be the most crucial aspect of playoff hockey and Washington is hoping they can rely on Holtby for one last deep run.
Anders Lee's hit on Nicklas Backstrom was the talk of Game 1. It was a reason Backstrom had to exit and will not play in Game 2 as he enters the concussion protocol. Both teams were very physical for the rest of the matchup and that should continue on Friday with tensions rising.
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
T.J. Oshie (26 goals, 23 assists, 49 points): Oshie was the Capitals' only source of offense on Wednesday. With two goals early on he set the tone and showed that he has a knack for showing up in the big moments. Though the Caps will need others to help, it's always good to have Oshie putting the puck in the net.
Mathew Barzal (19 goals, 41 assists, 60 points): Barzal didn't net a goal in Game 1, but he didn't need to. His presence was still felt on offense, however, as he recorded two assists on the afternoon. If he can continue to distribute, and score every once in a while, the Capitals could be in trouble.
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