NEW YORK -- One year ago, the New York Islanders and defenseman Matt Carkner were standing toe-to-toe with the Pittsburgh Penguins, owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders not only split the first four games of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, they sent Marc-Andre Fleury, one of the NHL's top goaltenders, to the bench.
Confidence was high in the Islanders' dressing room, similar to what the Columbus Blue Jackets are feeling after a series-tying 4-3 overtime win against the Penguins in Game 4 on Wednesday. The Blue Jackets have a chance to do on Saturday what Carkner and the Islanders couldn't do last year during the Stanley Cup Playoffs; win Game 5 at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, FS-O, ROOT).