Kyle Okposo scored a goal in the final period as the New York Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 to even their National Hockey League playoff series at one apiece.
In other games last night, the Montreal Canadiens topped the Ottawa Senators 3-1, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 and the San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in overtime.
Tonight, the New York Rangers will try to even their series at 1-1 against the Washington Capitals, the Boston Bruins with a 1-0 series lead will host the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Anaheim Ducks will try to break their 1-1 series tie at the Detroit Red Wings and the St. Louis Blues take their 2-0 advantage to the Los Angeles Kings.
At Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin scored 43 seconds into the first period and Sidney Crosby, making his postseason debut, scored two goals four minutes apart. Matt Moulson scored on a power play for the Islanders.
New York’s Colin McDonald got a goal five minutes, 12 seconds into the second period and Matt Martin tied the game 3-3 five minutes later.
Okposo scored with 12 minutes, 23 seconds left for the Islanders, who host Game 3 tomorrow in the best-of-seven series.
“We’re in the series,” Okposo said. “We just wanted to come out and let them know that we’re not going away.”
Crosby, an All-Star center, missed 13 games with a broken jaw he sustained during a March 30 game. He didn’t return to team practices 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.
At Bell Centre in Montreal, Ryan White, Brendan Gallagher and Michael Ryder each scored in the second period for the Canadiens, who travel tomorrow to Ottawa.
Milan Michalek had the only goal in the second period for the Senators, who were playing without Eric Gryba. The defenseman was suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of Canadiens’ forward Lars Eller during Game 1 on May 2. Gryba was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct, according to the league’s Department of Player Safety.
At United Center, Michael Frolik and Patrick Sharp contributed two goals apiece as the Blackhawks took a 2-0 lead in their series.
Frolik scored at 8:34 of the first period and again 49 seconds into the second period to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Devin Setoguchi gave the Wild their first goal with two minutes left in the period.
Sharp’s goals were back-to-back in the final period with Bryan Bickell completing the scoring with 11 seconds left to play. Marco Scandella had the second goal for the Wild, who host Game 3 tomorrow.
Raffi Torres scored in overtime for the Sharks, who will seek their third straight win as they entertain the Canucks tomorrow on home ice for Game 3.
Patrick Marleau scored a goal with 56 seconds left in regulation to force the overtime at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.