Islanders surge past Capitals in Game 1 of Eastern First Round


The New York Islanders scored four straight goals and rallied for a 4-2 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday.

Josh Bailey broke a tie with a shorthanded goal in the third period for New York, the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. Jordan Eberle, Anders Lee and Anthony Beauvillier scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves.

Teams that win Game 1 are 478-219 (68.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series. Game 2 will be played in Toronto, the Eastern hub city, on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS, NBCSWA, MSG, MSG+).

T.J. Oshie scored twice, and John Carlson had two assists for Washington, the No. 3 seed in the East. Braden Holtby made 23 saves.

Bailey gave the Islanders a 3-2 lead at 6:52 of the third with Leo Komarov in the penalty box when he one-timed Brock Nelson‘s feed from the right circle. Bailey then fed Beauvillier for a one-timer at 11:55 for the 4-2 final.

Lee tied it 2-2 at 51 seconds of the third on a rebound of Ryan Pulock‘s slap shot.

Oshie gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 5:27 of the second period on a rebound off the end boards.

He made it 2-0 with another power-play goal when he poked a loose puck in front past Varlamov at 11:18 of the second.

Eberle started the Islanders rally at 18:57 of the second period with a wrist shot from between the circles to make it 2-1.

Washington center Nicklas Backstrom left the game after the first period. As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.

Carlson played for the first time since July 29, when the defenseman was injured in an exhibition game against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

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