UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Nicklas Backstrom scored 11:09 into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night, and even their first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.
Alex Ovechkin also scored and assisted on the decisive goal, which came off a faceoff to the right of the Islanders net. Backstrom dug the puck out in the right corner and worked his way up the boards.
He snapped a shot near the blue line that went through a crowd and sneaked inside the far post.
Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders as the series shifts to Washington for Game 5 on Thursday.
RED WINGS 3, LIGHTNING 0
DETROIT (AP) ? Petr Mrazek made 22 saves for his first post-season shutout, and Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit in a victory over Tampa Bay that gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead in their playoff series.
The 23-year-old Mrazek was coach Mike Babcock's choice to start in this series instead of Jimmy Howard, and the youngster has acquitted himself well in his post-season debut.
He made 44 saves in a 3-2 victory in the opener, and although he was pulled after two periods in a 5-1 loss the following game, Mrazek bounced back nicely at home.
After being outshot badly in the first two games at Tampa Bay, the Red Wings were able to contain the high-scoring Lightning on Tuesday in a tightly contested matchup.
FLAMES 3, CANUCKS 1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) ??? Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist and Calgary earned a win over Vancouver.
Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau scored his first playoff goal and 18-year-old rookie Sam Bennett had his second in as many games.
Dennis Wideman had a pair of assists for the Flames, who split the first two games of the series in Vancouver before back-to-back wins at home.
Goaltender Jonas Hiller made 28 saves for the win.
Captain Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks. Starter Eddie Lack was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots in the first period. Ryan Miller turned away the 15 he faced in relief.
Calgary leads the Western Conference series 3-1.
The Flames head to Vancouver with the chance to win the series in Thursday's Game 5 and move past the first round for the first time since 2004.