Four members of the Wizards were in the front row for Game 7 on Monday night. That considered, Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrated his game-winning goal in the only appropriate way.
It wasn't easy, but the Capitals found a way to come through against a scrappy Islanders team that pushed them to the limit.
The Capitals were known for their Game 7 struggles, but on Monday night they proved that this team truly is different with a dominant Game 7 performance.

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How many games will the Caps win in their semifinal series against the Rangers?

      4/20E. FehrUpper-body injury (day-to-day)
      10/22J. ErskineNeck surgery (IR)
      10/7D. OrlovWrist (IR)
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      Mon, Apr 27
      NY Islanders0011
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      Final Boxscore
      Capitals win series 4-3
      Three Stars
      1: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Was (1G)
      2: Joel Ward, Was (1G)
      3: Jaroslav Halak, NYI (24 Saves)
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      4/27vs. NYIW 2-1
      4/25NYIL 1-3
      4/23vs. NYIW 5-1
      4/21NYIW 2-1
      4/19NYIL 1-2
      4/17vs. NYIW 4-3
      4/15vs. NYIL 1-4
      4/11vs. NYRL 2-4
      4/8vs. BosW 3-0
      4/5DetW 2-1
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      Capitals - Team News
      Braden Holtby - G
      Washington goalie Braden Holtby needed to make a mere 10 saves Monday night in the Capitals'... The Caps played a first-rate defensive game to win the Eastern Conference First Round playoff series over the Isles in the maximum seven games. They'll next meet the New...
      Apr 27 11:06PM Read More
      Evgeny Kuznetsov - C
      Evgeny Kuznetsov scored with 7:18 remaining in the third period Monday night to give the... Kuznetsov broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal and fourth point of the postseason. The speedy center made a terrific move to skate around Islanders center Frans Nielsen...
      Apr 27 10:59PM Read More
      Michael Latta - C
      Michael Latta will be a healthy scratch for Monday’s Game 7 matchup with the New York... Head coach Barry Trotz will elect to go with the veteran Curtis Glencsross for Game 7, which means Latta will move back to the press box. Latta, just 23-years-old, skated in...
      Apr 27 5:12PM Read More
      Eric Fehr - W
      As expected, Eric Fehr (shoulder) has been ruled out for Game 7 Monday night against the... Fehr has missed the last three games in the series and has yet to score a point while picking up just two shots and two penalty minutes. He was only originally supposed to...
      Apr 27 5:07PM Read More
      Braden Holtby - G
      Braden Holtby is set to start Game 7 Monday night versus the New York Islanders. The best of seven series is now a best of one series and Holtby will have to carry the load for the Caps to move on to the next round to face the New York Rangers. Holtby...
      Apr 27 5:05PM Read More
      Barry Trotz - C
      The Washington Capitals have only scored first in one of their six playoff games in the first... Getting off to a strong start will be one of the keys for Washington in Game 7 against the New York Islanders on Monday. It certainly was a big factor for the Capitals in...
      Apr 27 7:31AM Read More
      Curtis Glencross - W
      Head Coach Barry Trotz confirmed that Curtis Glencross will play in game seven against the... Glencross was acquired from Calgary before the trade deadline, but he has been a healthy scratch in the last three games of this series.
      Apr 26 12:10PM Read More
      Jason Chimera - W
      Jason Chimera had a brief incident with a New York Islanders fan after the game on Saturday. The incident occurred near the tunnel from the ice to the Washington dressing room. "A fan was giving him a hard time and [Chimera] wanted a piece of him," said a...
      Apr 26 9:09AM Read More
      John Carlson - D
      John Carlson scored the lone Capitals goal on Saturday. Carlson's power play effort was his first of the post-season. The 3-1 loss to the Islanders forces a Game 7 on Monday in Washington. "We know what we’re getting...
      Apr 26 9:05AM Read More
      Braden Holtby - G
      The Washington Capitals cannot blame Braden Holtby for a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders in... Holtby was sharp in defeat, stopping 35 out of 37 shots. The game-winner was probably a defensive lapse more than anything, but the series goes to a decisive Game 7...
      Apr 25 6:27PM Read More
      Alex Ovechkin - W
      Alex Ovechkin made his presence felt in Game 6, yet the Washington Capitals failed in putting... Ovechkin grabbed an assist on Washington's only goal. He also avoided a penalty despite a highly questionable check on John Tavares, which backfired as Nikolay Kulemin...
      Apr 25 6:23PM Read More
      Jay Beagle - W
      Jay Beagle had two assists in Washington's 5-1 win against the New York Islanders in Game 5 on... Beagle has three assists in five playoff contests. That represents a career high for him as he was previously limited to a point over seven games in Washington's 2013...
      Apr 24 11:46AM Read More
      Marcus Johansson - W
      Marcus Johansson had two assists in Washington's 5-1 victory on Thursday. Johansson was also credited with four hits in 15:30 minutes of ice time. He now has three points in five playoff contests in 2015.
      Apr 24 11:44AM Read More
      Braden Holtby - G
      Braden Holtby was sharp with 22 saves on 23 shots on Thursday night to lead the Caps to a 5-1... Holtby allowed three goals in a Game 1 loss and missed Game 2 because he was sick, but the 25-year-old has been excellent since then. Holtby has led the Caps to two straight...
      Apr 23 10:06PM Read More
      Evgeny Kuznetsov - C
      Evgeny Kuznetsov led the way for Washington in Game 5, scoring a goal and two assists to help... The 22-year-old speedster was shut out the first four games of the series with a minus-three rating, so Thursday's performance certainly boosted Kuznetsov's stock. Kuznetsov...
      Apr 23 9:53PM Read More

      Team Stats

      Washington Capitals Regular Season Stats
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      Skater Stats
      LWAlex Ovechkin81532881
      CNicklas Backstrom82186078
      DJohn Carlson82124355
      CMarcus Johansson82202747
      DMike Green72103545
      RWTroy Brouwer82212243
      CEvgeny Kuznetsov80112637
      LWCurtis Glencross71132235
      RWJoel Ward82191534
      RWEric Fehr75191433
      Goaltender Stats
      Braden Holtby7342472.22412010
      Justin Peters126463.25361
      * = Rookie Player
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