UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom scored 11:09 into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night, and even their first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.
Alex Ovechkin also scored and assisted on the decisive goal, which came off a faceoff to the right of the Islanders net. Backstrom dug the puck out in the right corner and worked his way up the boards.
Red Wings 3,
DETROIT (AP) — Petr Mrazek made 22 saves for his first postseason shutout, and Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit in a victory over Tampa Bay that gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead in their playoff series.
Flames 3, Canucks1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist and Calgary earned a win over Vancouver.
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau scored his first playoff goal and 18-year-old rookie Sam Bennett had his second in as many games.
Dennis Wideman had a pair of assists for the Flames, who split the first two games of the series in Vancouver before back-to-back wins at home.
Goaltender Jonas Hiller made 28 saves for the win.
Predators 2, Blackhawks 2
CHICAGO (AP) — The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks are heading to a third overtime period in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.
The tired teams were tied at 2 after 100 minutes of play on Tuesday night. It was the longest game in Nashville history.
Colin Wilson and James Neal had the goals for the Predators, and Antoine Vermette and Brandon Saad scored for the Blackhawks.