The Ottawa Senators and the Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs, while the Pittsburgh Penguins moved within one game of reaching the conference semifinals.
John Tavares broke a third-period tie as the New York Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 to even their National Hockey League series at two games apiece, while the San Jose Sharks completed a four-game sweep of the Vancouver Canucks.
The New York Islanders scored three unanswered third-period goals for their first home playoff victory since 2002, a 6-4 win that tied up their National Hockey League series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 2-2.
The New York Rangers avoided falling behind three-games-to-none in their National Hockey League first-round playoff series by beating the Washington Capitals 4- 3 on Derek Stepan’s tie-breaking third-period goal.
The Pittsburgh Penguins spoiled the New York Islanders’ first home playoff game in six years, winning 5-4 on Chris Kunitz’s overtime goal to avoid a second straight loss in their National Hockey League playoff series.
Mike Green scored a goal eight minutes into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers while the Anaheim Ducks shut out the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs.
The New York Islanders overcame two first-period goals by Sidney Crosby, who was playing for the first time in more than a month, and defeated the host Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 to even their playoff series at 1-1.