By Lewis Gould
Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including the go-ahead goal early in the third period, as the Capitals rallied from two goals down to beat the New York Islanders 3-2 and avoid a sweep in their first-round series.
Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Capitals and Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots. Washington won for the second time in seven postseason games, going 1-1-1 in round-robin play in the qualifying round to fall to the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, and then losing the first three games against the Islanders.
Mathew Barzal and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored in the first period to give New York a 2-0 lead. Semyon Varlamov finished with 26 saves. The Islanders lost for the second time in eight games this postseason.
Game 5 is Thursday.