Leo Komarov broke a tie late in the second period, and the New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in Game 3 to take the lead in their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Saturday.
Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves after he was pulled 15:09 into the first period of a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 2 on Wednesday, when he allowed three goals on 10 shots. Matt Martin and Anders Lee also scored for New York, the No. 6 seed in the East.
The game was rescheduled from Thursday after the players on the eight remaining teams decided not to play as a form of protest against systemic racism and police brutality.
Teams that win Game 3 after a Stanley Cup Playoffs series is tied 1-1 are 218-107 (67.1 percent) winning a best-of-7 series, including 3-1 in the first round this season.
Game 4 is in Toronto, the Eastern hub city, on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Tyler Pitlick scored for Philadelphia, the No. 1 seed in the East. Carter Hart made 26 saves.
Pitlick gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 14:18 of the first period with a wrist shot from the left circle and James van Riemsdyk providing a screen in front of Varlamov.
Martin tied it 1-1 when he one-timed Mathew Barzal‘s pass from behind the net at 7:12 of the second period.
Komarov put the Islanders in front with six seconds remaining in the second when his backhand from between the circles trickled between Hart’s skates to make it 2-1.
New York outshot Philadelphia 15-6 in the second period.
Lee gave New York a 3-1 lead on the game’s first power play at 3:41 of the third period, scoring on a backhand in front of the net to extend his goal streak to three games.
Varlamov preserved the two-goal lead with a pad save on Joel Farabee‘s one-timer from point-blank range at 10:02 of the third.