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Islanders on brink of ending 23-year playoff drought

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano knows he doesn't need to say a lot to motivate his players.

Coming off a grueling double-overtime win in the last game, the Islanders have a chance to accomplish something the franchise hasn't done in 23 years: Win a playoff series.

"I think the guys know exactly how they have to play," Capuano said. "It's a situation where we're not going to say too much as coaches. We're just going to let them play within the team concept, go out and have some fun and try to close them out if we can."

And unlike last year, when they lost a deciding Game 7 in the first round on the road, they'll be at home for a potential...