After what seemed like an on-again off-again pattern of dominance between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders, Game 4 saw the series' first game with a possession delta that was smaller than 3%. Layman's translation: the game was played evenly, especially relative to the earlier games in this series. Ultimately, it was stellar work on the penalty kill unit, and production from the Caps top, uh, producers, that helped 'em put home ice back where it started.
- Braden Holtby
Let's start with the obvious. After what can generously be characterized as a shaky start in Game 1, we told you that Braden Holtby almost always returns to form in games following his mediocre (or worse) starts. In Games 3 and 4, Braden Holtby has stopped 76 of 79 shots for a cool .962 save percentage.
There's not much to break down about Holtby's game. The Islanders are pelting him with shots, and he's been up to the task, looking every bit the steadfast backstop that Caps got all regular season. The Caps have been pretty capricious in front of him, but Holtby's done all you can ask for in each of the last two games: he's given them a chance to win, and that was good enough to bring home ice back to the Phone Booth.
- Power versus Power
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And because it's beautiful, let's visualize it.
- The Penalty Kill
- Tom Wilson
- The Islanders Breaking Their Sticks
- Secondary Scoring
- Defending the Isle's 4th Line