WASHINGTON, D.C. — John Tavares was trying to remember the last time he played in a Game 7. He thought it might have been when he was 10 or 11, with the Mississauga Senators.
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The happy ending is far from guaranteed, so just in case it doesn’t happen for the New York Islanders, at least they sent their old barn out in style.
Saturday afternoon’s Game 6 was a three-ring circus of a hockey tilt, won on a bizarre play at the end of a sequence that perhaps ought to have been whistled dead, and which some of the Washington Capitals may have thought actually was.
But Nikolay Kulemin didn’t.
“Actually,” the New York Islanders captain corrected himself, “it was Game 8. Ties counted. I believe it was minor pee…
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