Saturday jam: Isles get a throwback win

May, 4, 2013
5/04/13
12:08
PM ET
Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (Series tied, 1-1)
* Islanders: score game's final 3 goals after trailing 3-1 just 7:22 into 1st period
* Islanders: 1st playoff game win since April 14, 2007 (also Game 2 of a Conference Qtrs. series at BUF)
* Kyle Okposo (NYI): scores go-ahead goal with 7:37 left in 3rd (1st career playoff goal)
* Evgeni Nabokov (NYI): 30 saves - 21 in final 2 periods (was pulled in Game 1 after allowing 4 GA on 15 shots on goal)
* Sidney Crosby (PIT): 2 goals, 6th career multi-goal playoff game (playing in 1st game since March 30 after suffering broken jaw)
* Penguins: 1st loss in last 6 games vs Islanders (reg. season & playoffs)
FROM ELIAS: The Islanders, who lost 5–0 in Game 1 of their series against the Penguins, trailed 2–0 and 3–1 early in the first period of Game 2 but rallied to post a 4–3 win at Pittsburgh. It’s the first time that an NHL team won the second game of a playoff series after losing the series opener by five goals or more since 2003, when the Canucks lost 6–0 at home in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Blues then won 2–1 in Game 2. The Islanders’ victory marked the first time they won a playoff game in which they trailed by two or more goals since 1993, when they won Game 4 of their first-round series against Washington, 4–3 in double-overtime, after the Capitals had taken a 3–0 lead. Before Friday, the last time the Isles won a playoff game in regulation time after trailing by at least two goals was in 1985, also against Washington (6–4 in Game 4).
FROM ELIAS: The Islanders’ goal-scorers in their 4–3 win at Pittsburgh were Matt Moulson, Colin McDonald, Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo, and for each man it was the first playoff goal of his NHL career. It was the first time that an NHL team had first-time playoff goal-scorers in one game since 2002, when the Islanders beat the Maple Leafs, 6–1, in Game 3 of their first-round series and got first goals from Mark Parrish, Brad Isbister, Shawn Bates and Dave Scatchard.

Most Recent Instances Where Islanders & Knicks, Won Playoff Games On Same Day
May 12, 1993 Friday
Islanders beat PIT, 7-5 beat PIT, 4-3
" Knicks beat CHA, 105-101 beat BOS, 88-80

Canadiens 3, Senators 1 (Series tied, 1-1)
* Ryan White & Brendan Gallagher (MTL): score goals 53 seconds apart in 2nd period (1st career playoff goal for White)
* Gallagher: has goals in each of 1st 2 games of series (1st 2 career playoff goals)
* Canadiens: now 8-1-1 in Game 2 of games on back-to-back days this season (reg. season & playoffs)
* Senators: 0-6 on power play in 1st 2 games of series (were 5-12 on power play vs MTL in 4 regular season games)
* Craig Anderson (OTT): 31 saves; .941 save pct in 1st 2 games of series (79 saves on 84 shots on goal)
FROM ELIAS: Rookie Brendan Gallagher scored the winning goal for the Canadiens in Game 2 of their series against Ottawa, after scoring one of Montreal’s two goals in its Game 1 loss. Over the last 60 years the only other rookies to score goals for the Canadiens in each of the team’s first two games of a playoff year were Lorne Davis (1954), Phil Goyette (1958) and Sergei Kostitsyn (2008).

Sharks 3, Canucks 2 (OT) (Sharks lead series 2-0)
* Raffi Torres (SJ): 9th career playoff goal, 1st with Sharks and 1st in OT
* Patrick Marleau (SJ): Game-tying goal with 56 seconds remaining in regulation; 2nd goal in as many games
* Sharks: won all 5 games vs Canucks this season (including playoffs)
* Canucks: lost 6 straight home playoff games; last win was in 2011 Final
FROM ELIAS: Patrick Marleau found the back of the net in the last minute of regulation in Vancouver before Raffi Torres provided the game-winner in overtime as the Sharks downed the Canucks, 3–2, to win the first two games in the series. It’s the second time in team history that San Jose tied a playoff game in the last minute of the third period. The other such game was on April 16, 2010, when Joe Pavelski scored a game-tying goal with 32 seconds remaining before Devin Setoguchi won it in overtime against the Avalanche.

Blackhawks 5, Wild 2 (Blackhawks lead series 2-0)
* Blackhawks: won 4 straight vs Wild (incl. regular season)
* Blackhawks: outshot Wild 48-28; 85-55 shot advantage in 1st two games of series
* Patrick Sharp (CHI): 2 goals; 5th career multi-goal playoff game, 1st since 2011
* Michael Frolik (CHI): 2 goals; 1st career multi-goal playoff game
* Wild: lost 5 straight playoff games; last playoff win was 2008 conf quarters vs Avalanche
FROM ELIAS: Michael Frolik and Patrick Sharp each scored their first two goals of the 2013 playoffs to help the Blackhawks beat the Wild, 5–2, and take a two-games-to-none lead in their series. Frolik scored the game-winning goal in Chicago’s regular-season opener (January 19 at Los Angeles) but he scored only two goals in 44 games over the remainder of the season and both goals came in one game (March 25 vs. the Kings in Chicago).

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