Islanders Defeat Penguins 4-3 to Even NHL Playoff Series at 1-1

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.

In another National Hockey League first-round series, the Montreal Canadiens won 3-1 against the visiting Ottawa Senators to even that series at one game apiece. Later tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks try to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks seek a 2-0 lead at the Vancouver Canucks.

Crosby, who had missed the previous 13 games with a broken jaw, scored twice in the opening 7 1/2 minutes of the game as the Penguins took a 3-1 lead. Evgeni Malkin had opened the scoring for Pittsburgh 43 seconds into the game.

The Islanders tied the game on second-period goals by Colin McDonald and Matt Martin, and Kyle Okposo had the decisive score midway through the third period.

Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is set for May 5 at Uniondale, New York.

Crosby, 25, was injured during a March 30 game and didn’t return to practice until April 26. At the time of the injury, he

led the NHL with 56 points, with 15 goals and a league-best 41 assists in 36 games.

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