Cap­i­tals reg­u­late Is­lan­ders 4-3 in Game 2

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Nick­las Back­strom had a goal and two as­sists, and Alex Ovechkin scored once, lead­ing the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals and fill- in goalie Philipp Grubauer past the New York Is­lan­ders 4-3 Fri­day to level their first-round play­off se­ries at one game each.

Af­ter Wash­ing­ton’s two stars — Ovechkin led the NHL in goals, Back­strom was No. 1 in as­sists — were re­united on the top line, both scored to erase a 3-1 deficit. Ja­son Chimera net­ted the go-ahead goal with 12 1/2 min­utes left.

It was the first time the Cap­i­tals had led in the se­ries, which moves to New York for Game 3 on Sun­day.

Grubauer was called up from the mi­nor leagues Fri­day to re­place start­ing goalie Braden Holtby, who was ill. Grubauer, a 23-year-old from Ger­many, made 18 saves.

In other play­off games, the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens beat the Ottawa Sen­a­tors 3-2 in over­time, the Nashville Preda­tors downed the Chicago Black­hawks 6-2 and the Van­cou­ver Canucks de­feated the Cal­gary Flames 4-1. The teams will play Game 3 on Sun­day.

Mon­treal’s Alex Galchenyuk scored from a spin-around shot 3:40 into over­time to lead Mon­treal past the Ottawa Sen­a­tors and giv­ing the Cana­di­ens a 2-0 lead in their first-round play­off se­ries.

Max Pa­cioretty, back from a con­cus­sion that side­lined him in Game 1, and P.K. Sub­ban scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Cana­di­ens, while David De­shar­nais picked up an as­sist on each.

Clarke MacArthur and Pa­trick Wier­cioch scored for the Sen­a­tors, and Mark Stone added two as­sists.

Carey Price stopped 29 shots for Mon­treal, while Ottawa’s An­drew Ham­mond made 38 saves.

In Nashville, Ten­nessee, Craig Smith scored the first two play­off goals of his ca­reer and added an as­sist, as the Preda­tors beat the Chicago Black­hawks 6-2 to level the West­ern Con­fer­ence open­inground play­off se­ries at a game each.

The Preda­tors won for the first time since clinch­ing a post­sea­son berth on March 28. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for the win and even had an as­sist.

Filip Fors­berg had a goal and an as­sist, and Colin Wil­son, Ro­man Josi and Mike San­torelli each scored a goal. Nashville lost cap­tain Shea We­ber to a lower-body in­jury nearly mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod.

Pa­trick Sharp and Pa­trick Kane scored for Chicago, which hosts Game 3.

Ed­die Lack made 22 saves as the Van­cou­ver Canucks de­feated the Cal­gary Flames 4-1 to level the first-round play­off se­ries at a game each.

Daniel Sedin, Chris Hig­gins, Ron­alds Kenins and Radim Vr­bata — into an empty net — scored for the Canucks, who snapped a seven-game los­ing streak at home in the play­offs dat­ing to the 2011 Stan­ley Cup fi­nal.

Kris Rus­sell scored late in the third pe­riod for the Flames to end Lack’s shutout bid.

The phys­i­cal game was capped by a full brawl late in the third with fights erupt­ing all over the ice deep in the Van­cou­ver zone af­ter a whis­tle.

AP

Nashville Preda­tors cen­ter Craig Smith #15 cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing his sec­ond goal of the night against Chicago Black­hawks goalie Corey Craw­ford #50, dur­ing the third pe­riod of Game 2 of an NHL West­ern Con­fer­ence hockey play­off se­ries on Fri­day, April 17.

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