Kulemin scored a tie-breaking goal 10:27 into the third period as the Islanders defeated the Capitals, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon, forcing a deciding game in the teams’ first-round playoff series.
It was unpleasant on the field and tense in the dugout Saturday for the slumping Washington Nationals.
Eight players were handed a total of 24 penalty minutes after a skirmish broke out at the end of the Islanders’ 3-1 victory over the Capitals on Saturday.
Pushing the Toronto Raptors to the brink has placed the Washington Wizards in a dominating spot. No team has rallied from a 3-0 deficit in NBA playoff history.
The game was filled with tension, but the Wizards never got tight. Some of the sloppiness that plagued them at points resurfaced, they were determined to play as if their season, and not Toronto’s, was on the line.
Vaulting in front of the Raptors 3-0 has placed the Wizards in a place of joy and power. No NBA team has rallied from three games down to win a best-of-seven series.
Kuznetsov had a coming-out party on Thursday, scoring two goals and assisting on another in the Capitals’ 5-1 victory over the Islanders in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series.
Bouncing back from a dismal start in Miami earlier this season, Latos went 6 1/3 innings to help the revitalized Marlins beat the Nationals, 3-2.
Wall drew choruses of “M-V-P!” from the crowd by producing 19 points and 15 assists, Pierce hit two key late 3-pointers, and the Wizards closed in on a first-round playoff sweep by beating the Raptors, 106-99.
Hagelin skated out from behind the net and put a wrist shot on the short side behind Marc-Andre Fleury, giving the Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Penguins and pushing them into the next round of the playoffs.
Last year, the Wizards ripped home-court advantage from the Bulls. They did it again this year to the Raptors and have an opportunity on Friday night at home for a historically insurmountable series lead.
The bout served as the culmination of two days of heated reaction by several Islanders players, who were no doubt worked up by Wilson hitting Visnovsky against the boards in the first period on Tuesday.