Maybe, but they didn't stay long. New Jersey won Games 2 and 3 by a combined score of 15-6. In Game 3, the teams danced their way to a playoff-record 62 penalties. Washington recovered to win Game 4 by a 4-1 score, but lost goalie Pete Peeters when he was hit on the mask, over his left eyebrow, by a John MacLean wrist shot. He suffered a concussion.
After his team was knocked out of the playoffs, Islanders general manager Bill Torrey was distressed because, as he put it, this year "someone is going to steal the Cup." Indeed, as a new week began, the Oilers, Bruins, Devils and Caps all had the look of thieves.