NHL playoffs: Capitals even series with Islanders

Nicklas Backstrom leads Capitals to 4-3 win over Islanders

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists and Alex Ovechkin scored once, leading the Washington Capitals and fill-in goalie Philipp Grubauer past the New York Islanders, 4-3, Friday night at Washington to even their first-round playoff series at a game apiece.

After Washington's two stars — Ovechkin led the NHL in goals, Backstrom was No. 1 in assists — were reunited on the top line, both scored to erase a 3-1 deficit. Jason Chimera netted the go-ahead goal with 12 1/2 minutes left.

It was the first time the Capitals had led in the series, which moves to New York for Game 3 on Sunday.

Grubauer was called up from the minors Friday to replace starting goalie Braden Holtby, who was ill. Grubauer, a 23-year-old from Germany, made 18 saves.

at Montreal 3, Ottawa 2 (OT): Alex Galchenyuk scored 3:40 into overtime, giving the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Max Pacioretty, back from a concussion, and P.K. Subban scored in regulation for the Canadiens, with David Desharnais picking up an assist on each.

Clarke MacArthur and Patrick Wiercioch scored for the Senators, and Mark Stone added two assists.

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