NHL Playoffs: Islanders get even

NHL Playoffs: Islanders get even
May 4, 2013, 1:30 am
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) checks Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) in the corner during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The New York Islanders won 4-3.

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Islanders rally past Penguins 4-3 to even series

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Sidney Crosby did what he always seems to do in big moments, scoring two quick goals in his return from a broken jaw.

He gave the Pittsburgh Penguins an early two-goal lead over the New York Islanders on Friday night. Then the Islanders responded, doing something they hadn't managed in six years: win a playoff game.

Kyle Okposo provided his teammates some inspiration with a well-timed fight in the second period, and he capped a compelling New York rally with winning goal with 7:37 to play. The Islanders' 4-3 win evened the playoff series at one game each.

Torres goal gives Sharks 3-2 OT win

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Raffi Torres scored at 5:31 of overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of their playoff series Friday night.

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to San Jose for games Sunday and Tuesday. San Jose was 17-2-5 at home this season.

Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, whose goal in the final minute of the third period forced overtime, also scored for San Jose.

Blackhawks beat Wild 5-2 in Game 2

CHICAGO (AP) -- Patrick Sharp provided the big finish after Michael Frolik stepped up during a strong start. Corey Crawford was right there when the defense collapsed.

No playoff jitters this time. Instead, an impressive performance for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sharp and Frolik had two goals apiece, Crawford made 26 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Friday night in Game 2 of their first-round series.

Canadiens top Senators 3-1; series tied

MONTREAL (AP) -- After watching Lars Eller taken off the ice on a stretcher the previous night, the Montreal Canadiens, especially goaltender Carey Price, found some extra motivation against the Ottawa Senators.

Price came through with a 29-save performance as the Canadiens pulled out a hard-hitting but mostly clean 3-1 victory Friday night. The win left their best-of-seven series tied at 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Sunday in Ottawa.