Ever since Dale Hunter's putrid hit on Pierre Turgeon in the 1993 Division Semifinals, the Islanders-Capitals games have always had an added intensity. Seconds after Turgeon intercepted a botched pass by Hunter to score an unanswered goal, Hunter took the "cheap shot heard round the world" at the Nassau Coliseum.
There has been a lot of hockey played since that game, but even with the Islanders slumping in present day, they always manage to play a competitive games against the boys from the nation's capital.
Last night was no different. If the Islanders could actually finish games and no force regulation into overtime and shootouts, their record may be much better than what it is.
Even the shootouts are getting really good. Yesterday's went to 11 rounds, giving fans more stress than need-be for a mediocre team.
Until the day when John Tavares and Alexander Ovechkin are headlining a playoff battle between the clubs, this all means nothing. I have a funny feeling that duo may hit the dance floor soon, however.