Capitals vs. Islanders: Game 4 Live Score, Highlights for 2015 NHL Playoffs

April 21st, 2015 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
Nicklas Backstrom was the overtime hero as the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 to even their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series at two games apiece on Tuesday night.

The Caps opened the scoring for the first time in the series on a first-period deflection by Alexander Ovechkin, but a Cal Clutterbuck goal for the Islanders with 13 seconds left in the opening frame evened the score at 1-1. It would remain that way until Backstrom's game-winner 11:09 into the first overtime period.

Despite four early power-play opportunities, the Islanders were unable to build a lead. The momentum shifted Washington's way in the second half of the game after veteran New York defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was knocked out of the game with a head injury thanks to a crushing hit by Washington's Tom Wilson.

The Caps chipped away in the third, then were able to secure the win in the extra frame to even the series.

Washington and New York will meet again for Game 5 on Thursday at Verizon Center.

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