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NHL Playoffs roundup: Islanders levelseries vs. Penguins

Patrick Marleau scored a power-
play goal at 13:18 of overtime to give the host San Jose Sharks a 4-3 victory Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks and a four-game sweep of their first-round series. The Sharks earned the first postseason sweep in their history and became the first team to reach the second round.

Fifteen seconds after the
Canucks’ Daniel Sedin was sent to the penalty box for boarding the Sharks’ Tommy Wingels, Marleau wristed the puck past goalie Cory Schneider on the rebound of a shot by Joe Thornton. Schneider made 43 saves, but it wasn’t enough.

Islanders 6, Penguins 4

John Tavares broke a tie with his second goal of the game with 9:49 left, and the New York Islanders squared their first-round series against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins at two games apiece. Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Tavares slammed in his own
rebound in front after Brad Boyes passed to him following a turnover by Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. It gave the Islanders their third one-goal advantage of the game, and they made sure they held on to this one. Casey Cizikas shoved in a shot with 1:16 left to add some much-needed insurance.

Senators 3, Canadiens 2

Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime to lift the host Ottawa Senators past the Montreal Canadiens and give them a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. The Senators will go for the clincher in Game 5 on Thursday in Montreal.

The Canadiens led 2-0 after two periods, but the Senators pulled to 2-1 midway through the third
before forcing overtime when Cory Conacher scored with 22.6 seconds left in regulation.


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