Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Islanders' first home playoff
win in 11 years couldn't have come at a better time. John Tavares scored the
go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lift the hosts over the
Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-4, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference
quarterfinal series. Not only did the Islanders tie this series at 2-2, but
they posted their first playoff win at Nassau Coliseum since a 5-3 victory
over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference
quarterfinals on April 28, 2002. In the process, New York snapped a seven-game
home playoff losing streak. Mark Streit had two goals and an assist for the
Islanders, who bounced back from a 5-4 overtime loss in Sunday's Game 3.
Casey Cizikas added a goal and two assists, while Kyle Okposo and Brian Strait
had one goal apiece. Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves for the victors. Evgeni
Malkin had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who will host Game 5
on Thursday. James Neal, Brandon Sutter and Pascal Dupuis also lit the lamp.
Marc-Andre Fleury showed signs of struggling as he did in last year's playoff
loss to Philadelphia, stopping only 18-of-24 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Cory Conacher scored the tying goal late in
regulation and Kyle Turris won it at 2:32 of overtime, as the Ottawa Senators
claimed a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of this Eastern
Conference quarterfinal. Turris was harassed by a Canadiens defender in the
left circle, but the Sens forward escaped long enough to send a wrister
to the Habs' net, which deflected off the elbow of defenseman Raphael
Diaz and caromed past Peter Budaj -- who began the extra session in place of
the injured Carey Price -- to end the contest. Mika Zibanejad also tallied for
the Senators, who took a commanding 3-1 series edge with Game 5 set to return
to Montreal on Thursday. Craig Anderson stopped 26 shots for Ottawa, which
can advance to the second round for the first time since 2007 with one more
victory. PK Subban and Alex Galchenyuk lit the lamp early in the second
period for the Canadiens. Price ended up with 30 saves, but Budaj was saddled
with the loss.
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