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Video: Tavares, Islanders take 2-1 series lead with OT win


The New York Islanders needed just 15 seconds of overtime to net the game-winner.

John Tavares put home the rebound off of a Nikolay Kulemin shot for his first of the playoffs.

The Islanders’ captain had a league-high four overtime winners in the regular season.

New York dominated the first two periods out-shooting the Caps 33-13.

Kyle Okposo’s second of the playoffs gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead after two periods.

Nicklas Backstrom tied it 1-1 at 13:54 of the third to force overtime.

Capitals forward Eric Fehr left the game early in the first period with an upper body injury following a hit from Okposo and did not return.

Braden Holtby, who missed Game 2 due to illness, made 40 saves in the loss.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 shots for the win.

Capuano says Isles ‘didn’t deserve’ Game 2, hints at lineup changes

New York Islanders v Vancouver Canucks

As the 1-1 series shifts to Long Island, both the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders fumed about a different game so far.

That might seem like a no-brainer with a loss apiece, but sometimes teams are happy with efforts and unhappy with results. The Islanders didn’t seem happy about the way they dropped a 4-3 loss tonight, and it sounds like head coach Jack Capuano is mulling over changes, as the New York Daily News’ Stephen C. Lorenzo reports.

“These are the tough decisions you have to make as a staff and now it comes down to personnel,” Capuano said. “We have to make sure we put the lineup in that’s going to help us win Game 3.”

The harshest comment from Capuano was “we didn’t deserve it.”

Here’s a list of the scratches from Game 2, excluding injured blueliner Travis Hamonic (who would be an obvious add-in):

Eric Boulton
Matt Donovan
Tyler Kennedy
Colin McDonald
Griffin Reinhart

That’s not an awful collection of players to insert into the lower level of the lineup. Playing armchair coach for a moment, one obvious scratch possibility would be Michael Grabner, who didn’t manage a single shot on goal and whose numbers look especially hideous when you consider “fancy stats.”

A swap or two might not change everything, yet with a switch to home ice in a rowdy old barn – and with a team that’s one game removed from leaving the Capitals worried about slow feet – the tenor of the situation could change quickly.

Going further, John Tavares didn’t seem too upset:

However they feel about the overall level of play, the Islanders had 2-0 and 3-1 leads, but go back home with the series tied.

Now Capuano’s key is to put his team in the best position possible to have the Capitals picking up the pieces next.

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight

Pekka Rinne, Anton Volchenkov, Jonathan Toews

A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…

Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET on CNBC

Montreal earned a 4-3 victory in Game 1, but the big story was P.K. Subban’s slash on Mark Stone. The Senators wanted to see Subban suspended over that one, but it looks like that won’t happen. Now tempers are running high going into Game 2. As previously noted, the Senators need to control their emotions though before this series gets away from them.

Islanders at Capitals, 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The Islanders secured a 4-1 victory over Washington in Game 1 with Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, and Brock Nelson leading the charge. If John Tavares gets hot in Game 2, then New York might find itself in a commanding position by the end of the night, although we might end up seeing Alex Ovechkin respond instead. Meanwhile goaltender Jaroslav Halak now has a 2.23 GAA and .941 save percentage in seven career playoff games against Washington.

Blackhawks at Predators, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

It took 87:49 minutes to settle Game 1, but in the end Chicago completed its comeback from a 3-0 deficit. Along the way Patrick Kane recorded two power-play assists in his return from a broken clavicle. Chicago struggled to convert on its power-play chances after the All-Star break, but the return on Kane might have ended that issue, which is yet another thing Nashville has to worry about.

Flames at Canucks, 10:00 p.m. ET on CNBC

Down 1-0 going into the second intermission, the Flames rallied in the final frame and Kris Russell scored the winner with just 30 seconds remaining in Game 1 on Wednesday. The Flames were one of the best teams in the league when it came to battling back from a deficit in the third period over the course of the regular season, but they obviously don’t want to make a habit of it in the playoffs. The Flames might not be so fortunate this time around if they fall behind again.