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The puck has dropped on NHL free agency with a two-day negotiating window before players _ other than those whose contracts were recently bought out _ can sign Friday.
Budding New York Islanders star John Tavares anticipated the open space he found so easily during the regular season to be whittled away by the Pittsburgh Penguins in their opening-round playoff series.
The 22-year-old center scored two power-play goals in the third period to lift the Islanders to a 5-2 win over Washington, ending the Capitals' three-game winning streak.
Troy Brouwer had gotten all too used to the puck bouncing off his stick. Or hitting the post, or an opposing goaltender's pads. Or missing the net entirely.
Recalling a victory by his Anaheim Ducks in January, coach Bruce Boudreau noted: "We did it in Caps fashion." In other words, an improbable comeback.
Starting off a four-game home stand with three wins was a good start for the Capitals, but it all came to a crashing thud with a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders at Verizon Center.
If the New York Islanders' play on the ice is as strong as their talk off it, maybe _ just maybe _ they will escape the cellar and make a long-awaited run at a playoff spot.