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Caps Rally for 4-3 Win in Game 2

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    Alex Ovechkin celebrates with teammates after scoring in the second period. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists and Alex Ovechkin scored once, leading the Washington Capitals and fill-in goalie Philipp Grubauer past the New York Islanders 4-3 Friday night to even their first-round playoff series at a game apiece.

     

    After Washington's two stars — Ovechkin led the NHL in goals, Backstrom was No. 1 in assists — were reunited on the top line, both scored to erase a 3-1 deficit. Jason Chimera netted the go-ahead goal with 12 1/2 minutes left.

    It was the first time the Capitals had led in the series, which moves to New York for Game 3 on Sunday.

    Grubauer was called up from the minors Friday to replace starting goalie Braden Holtby, who was ill. Grubauer, a 23-year-old from Germany, made 18 saves.