The top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-0 in the opening games of the National Hockey League’s conference semifinal playoff series.
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 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.
Pascal Dupuis scored twice and Pittsburgh defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 for their 14th straight National Hockey League victory, three off the league record for consecutive wins set by the 1992-93 Penguins.