Ovechkin, Backstrom lead Caps past Isles 4-3 in Game 2

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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates after scoring in the second period against the New York Islanders during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates after scoring in the second period against the New York Islanders during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.