The Washington Capitals appeared to be in deep trouble as they lost their series opener against the New York Islanders at home, but they rallied for a 4-3 victory in Game 2 to even the series.
The Capitals would have been forced to play their next two games on the road while being at a 2-0 deficit, but they will be able to recover with one road win as they will be back home for Game 5.
The Capitals trailed, 3-1, in the second period after right wing Kyle Okposo scored a goal. Two minutes later, Capitals star left wing Alex Ovechkin responded with a goal of his own to trim the Islanders’ lead to one.
After Ovechkin’s goal, the Capitals used their momentum and carried it into the third period as center Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman Jason Chimera each scored to give the Capitals the lead.
Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer overcame a slow start to finish with 18 saves on 21 shots against him. Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak performed solidly for the most part until the third period.
His defense did him no favors as 35 shots were taken against him, and he made 31 saves for an 88.6 save percentage.