Capitals fed off raucous home crowd, expect similar atmosphere on Long Island

Defenseman Matt Niskanen called Nassau Coliseum, which will cease operations as an NHL rink after this season, the best atmosphere he's ever experienced first-hand.

Holtby returns to practice after illness, ready to start Game 3

Asked whether he felt ready to play, Holtby replied, “Yeah, I don’t think there will be any questions.”

After emotional win, confident Capitals hit the road for Games 3-4

“I think it galvanized everybody to see, hey, this is how we’re going to have to play," Coach Barry Trotz said.

Thrust into emergency situation, Philipp Grubauer earns win in first NHL playoff game

“Amazing,” Grubauer said later, after a wild 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders. “Amazing. All I can say is hell of a game.”

Capitals vs. Islanders: Game 2 discussion thread

Philipp Grubauer will make his first career NHL playoff start in place of the sick Braden Holtby.

Capitals’ top-ranked power play adjusting to Islanders’ ‘more aggressive’ penalty kill

After an 0-for-2 performance in Game 1, the Capitals' power play looks to get going Friday night at Verizon Center.

Capitals sign college prospect Riley Barber to entry-level contract

Barber logged a career-high 20 goals during his junior season at Miami {Ohio), but got injured in the Redhawks' penultimate game.

Islanders’ youth not fazed by inexperience

Three young forwards starred for New York in the 4-1 Game 1 win over Washington.

Braden Holtby misses morning skate with illness, expected to start Game 2

Plus, forward Tom Wilson confirmed his medical clearance and will likely return to the lineup on the fourth line.

Capitals recall goaltender Philipp Grubauer from Hershey

Braden Holtby didn't skate Thursday, but is not believed to have an injury.

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