PITTSBURGH (AP)Josh Bailey took advantage of a sloppy giveaway by goaltender Tristan Jarry, sending the puck into the wide-open net 51 seconds into the second overtime to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 on Monday night.
Jarry ventured out of Pittsburgh’s net to handle a loose puck and instead fed it right to Bailey, who gave the Islanders a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with the easiest of his three goals of the playoffs.
Game 6 is in New York on Wednesday.
Ilya Sorokin stopped 48 shots – a franchise playoff record for a rookie goaltender – and kept the Islanders in the game during a regulation the Penguins controlled from nearly start to finish. Anthony Beauvillier scored in the first period on a brilliant rush and Jordan Eberle beat an out-of-position Jarry midway through the third period to pull New York even.
Evgeni Malkin scored his first postseason goal in more than two years for the Penguins. Bryan Rust added his second of the series. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby picked up assist on Rust’s tally to move past Hall of Famer Brett Hull and into seventh-place on the NHL’s career playoff scoring list.
PANTHERS 4, LIGHTNING 1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Rookie Spencer Knight stopped 36 shots, MacKenzie Weegar had a goal and an assist, and Florida beat Tampa Bay in Game 5 of their Central Division playoff series.
The Lightning still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and host Game 6 on Wednesday night. But Knight – the third different goalie to start for Florida in this series – stymied the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
Mason Marchment and Patric Hornqvist scored for the Panthers, and Frank Vatrano added an empty-netter with 14.6 seconds left. Aleksander Barkov had a pair of assists.
Ross Colton had Tampa Bay’s goal, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 34 shots.
MAPLE LEAFS 2, CANADIENS 1
MONTREAL (AP) – Morgan Rielly scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Jack Campbell made 28 saves and Toronto edged Montreal to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
William Nylander scored his third goal in as many games for Toronto, which hasn’t won a playoff series since 2004 and can go up 3-1 in Game 4 back at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.
Nick Suzuki had the lone goal for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 27 shots.
The Maple Leafs remained without captain John Tavares, who’s expected to miss at least two weeks with a concussion and knee injury suffered during a scary collision in Game 1. Nick Foligno also sat out the game with a lower-body injury.
WILD 4, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Cam Talbot made 37 saves and Minnesota beat Vegas despite having only 14 shots on goal to stave off elimination in their opening-round playoff series.
Jordan Greenway’s second-period goal was the winner for the Wild, who also got goals from Kirill Kaprizov, Zach Parise, and Nico Sturm.
Vegas, which was looking to close out a playoff series at home for the first time, leads the series 3-2. Game 6 is scheduled for Wednesday in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mark Stone and Alec Martinez scored for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury, who allowed four goals in the first four games, made 10 saves. It marked the first time Fleury allowed more than two goals in a game in 14 contests.
JETS 4, OILERS 3, 3OTs
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) -Kyle Connor scored 6:52 into the third overtime period, lifting Winnipeg to a first-round series sweep of Edmonton.
Mark Scheifele scored twice and Mason Appleton added a goal for the Jets, who eliminated the Oilers in the playoffs for the first time. It was the longest game in Winnipeg’s history.
Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves for Winnipeg, which will face the winner of the other North Division series between Toronto and Montreal. The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 series lead Monday night with a 2-1 victory.
Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Alex Chiasson scored for Edmonton, which hasn’t won a playoff series since 2017. Mike Smith stopped 39 shots for the Oilers, who won the regular-season series 7-2.
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