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The Islanders skate off the ice losers with one reason being their poor showing on the power play.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Islanders skate off the ice losers with one reason being their poor showing on the power play.

WASHINGTON — As bad as the Islanders’ offense was in Game 7, their power play was worse throughout the series. The Isles finished the seven games 0-for-14 with the man advantage, with their final missed opportunity in the late stages Monday night cementing their fate.

Washington’s John Carlson took a roughing penalty — the only infraction cqalled in the game — with 2:54 to play in the third to give the Isles a last gasp of air, but they failed to register a single shot on goal on the ensuing power play and fell meekly, 2-1.

It appeared the Isles should have gotten another power play chance with 4:37 to play in the second period, when Alex Ovechkin slammed Thomas Hickey into the boards from behind. What looked like a clear boarding penalty went uncalled and the Caps made it 1-0 three minutes later.

“(The hit) looked a little bit from behind, but I thought the officiating was terrific in the whole series from start to finish,” coach Jack Capuano said. “We should be the last ones complaining, we didn’t score a power play goal. If you want to go back, for me, the overtime game we lost (Game 4) we had three consecutive power plays in that game. There’s never really one big turning point, but if I had to pinpoint one, that game in particular, at home, we have to find a way to score. We even had a chance tonight with less than three minutes left in the game to get our guys out there and find a way. We didn’t do much.”

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