Braden Holtby, who missed Friday’s game due to illness, is expected to return to the Washington Capitals net for Game 3 on Sunday.
Holtby made 23 saves in the Caps’ Game 1 loss to the Islanders.
“I don’t think there will be any questions,” said Holtby when asked about his health. “I don’t know if I lost more energy stressing out through the game or through the sickness.”
Philipp Grubauer made 18 saves in Friday’s 4-3 Game 2 win.
Jonas Hiller will return to the net on Sunday when the Calgary Flames host the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3.
Hiller left Game 2 late in the third period after allowing three goals on 29 shots in the Flames’ 4-1 loss.
Karri Ramo played 4:58 in relief.
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein, who has been out of the lineup since mid-March, is nearing a return.
Klein has been sidelined with an arm injury after blocking an Alex Ovechkin shot on March 11 in Washington.
Prior to suffering the injury, Klein was having a career year offensively with career highs in goals (nine) and points (26) in 65 regular season games.
The Rangers host the Penguins tonight in Game 2 before the series moves to Pittsburgh for Game 3 on Monday.
Things looked dire for the Washington Capitals more than once in Game 2 against the New York Islanders on Friday night. They kept grinding away, though, and their reward is a 4-3 win and a 1-1 series tie.
There were times when one wondered if Braden Holtby’s sick day might cost the Capitals big-time. Philipp Grubauer allowed three goals on a modest 21 shots for the Isles, but most importantly, he stopped all seven in the third period.
New York generated 2-0 and 3-1 leads that may or may not have instilled a false sense of security.
Ultimately, the Capitals’ biggest names made the difference. Alex Ovechkin notched a sigh-of-relief goal to close the gap to within one while Nicklas Backstrom’s three-point night included a nifty bit of one-against-all:
During about a 12-minute span from late in the second period to midway through the third, the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to turn the game on its head.
Chalk it up to score effects if you’d like, but the Capitals controlled much of the play, as you can see from this Natural Stat Trick graph.
Whatever way you slice it, the Capitals avoided a dire situation as this series is now locked at 1-1 with things switching to Long Island.