Following this season, the Islanders will move roughly 30 miles west to Barclays Center and abandon the facility they’ve called home since their inception in 1972. This playoff run, then, has become special to the team.
Holtby returned to practice with the Capitals on Saturday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum, approximately 16 hours after he was forced to miss their playoff victory over the Islanders with an illness.
Fighting past an early two-goal deficit, Grubauer turned away 18 of 21 shots, helping the Capitals knot the first-round playoff series against the Islanders with a 4-3 victory.
The goaltender the Capitals had come to rely on this year was replaced by a relative stranger — Grubauer, a 23-year-old German who was fully expecting to battle for the Calder Cup.
Chimera scored the go-ahead goal 7:37 into the third period as the Capitals fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Islanders, 4-3, in Game 2 of the teams’ first-round playoff series.