Islanders defeat Capitals in overtime in Game 3 of Eastern First Round


Mathew Barzal scored at 4:28 of overtime to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday.

Barzal won it when he took a pass from Jordan Eberle, skated in alone and tucked a backhand shot past Braden Holtby to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

The goal came moments after Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov made back-to-back saves against Jakub Vrana, who was in alone on a breakaway. 

Anders Lee scored and Varlamov made 22 saves for New York, the No. 6 seed in the East. The Islanders went 0-for-5 on the power play and had six shots on goal. 

Holtby made 32 saves for Washington, the No. 3 seed in the East. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal. 

Teams with a 3-0 lead are 190-4 (97.9 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series; the Capitals are 0-5.

The Islanders can eliminate the Capitals with a victory in Game 4 in Toronto, the hub city in the East, on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, MSG, MSG+, NBCSWA). 

Lee scored for a third straight game when he redirected a feed from Adam Pelech at 14:50 of the first period to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

Hotlby prevented New York from extending its lead when he made a glove save on Jean-Gabriel Pageau‘s breakaway chance at 4:10 of the second.  

Kuznetsov then tied it 1-1 with a wrist shot from the right circle for a power-play goal at 5:50. 

Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov helped preserve the tie when he blocked Devon Toews‘ wrist shot from the slot with 2:56 remaining in the third period, and Holtby made a save against Brock Nelson with 24 seconds left. 

Washington scratched defensemen Michal Kempny and Jonas Siegenthaler; they were replaced by Radko Gudas and Martin Fehervary. Center Brian Pinho made his NHL debut, replacing Travis Boyd. 

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (concussion protocol) missed his second straight game.

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