WASHINGTON - 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 night to even their first-round playoff series at a game apiece.
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 minors Friday to replace starting goalie Braden Holtby, who was ill. Grubauer, a 23-year-old from Germany, made 18 saves.
CANADIENS 3, SENATORS 2, OT
MONTREAL (AP) ? Alex Galchenyuk scored on a spin-around shot 3:40 into overtime, leading 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 37 saves.
Game 3 is Sunday in Ottawa.