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Islanders beat Pens again

Published May 7, 2013 11:13 pm

NHL playoffs • New York's latest wild win evens series.
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Uniondale, N.Y. • John Tavares scored with 9:49 left, and the New York Islanders tied their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night with a wild 6-4 victory.

Only the final lead was safe in Game 4.

Tavares slammed in his own rebound in front after Brad Boyes fed him following a turnover by Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. It was the Islanders' third one-goal advantage in the game and the one that earned them a 2-2 tie in the highly entertaining series that has featured 5-4 and 6-4 finishes at Nassau Coliseum.

Tavares was serenaded with cheers of "M-V-P" from the frantic crowd that is believing an upset is possible. Casey Cizikas shoved in a shot with 1:16 left to add some much-needed insurance.

Sharks 4, Canucks 3 (OT) • At San Jose, Calif., Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal 13:18 into overtime and San Jose completed its first playoff sweep in franchise history, beating Vancouver.

Joe Pavelski scored his second power-play goal of the game to tie it with 4:27 left in regulation. Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, who will now get a break before beginning the second round of the playoffs next week.

Mason Raymond, Alex Burrows and Alexander Edler scored for the Canucks, who were unable to hold onto a late third-period lead for the second time this series.

Senators 3, Canadiens 2 (OT) • At Ottawa, Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime, lifting the Senators to a 3-1 series lead. Turris' shot from the sideboards sneaked past Montreal backup goalie Peter Budaj, who came on for the injured Carey Price at the start of overtime.

Cory Conacher scored with 22.6 seconds to go in regulation to force overtime. Mika Zibanejad had the other goal for the Senators, who got 26 saves from Craig Anderson.

Blackhawks 3, Wild 0 • At St. Paul, Minn., Patrick Sharp scored two goals for Chicago, and the Blackhawks ratcheted up their defense, putting the Wild on the brink of elimination.

Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who built a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven matchup. —

NHL playoffs schedule

Tuesday's games

• Ottawa 3, Montreal 2

Ottawa leads series 3-1

• N.Y. Islanders 6, Pittsburgh 4

Series tied 2-2

• Chicago 3, Minnesota 0

Chicago leads series 3-1

• San Jose 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)

San Jose wins series 4-0

Wednesday's games

• Boston at Toronto, 5 p.m., CNBC

Bruins lead series 2-1

• Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 5:30 p.m., NBCSN

Capitals lead series 2-1

• Los Angeles at St. Louis, 7 p.m., CNBC

Series tied 2-2

• Detroit at Anaheim, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Series tied 2-2