WASHINGTON (AP) — Thomas Hickey scored 2:13 into overtime as the New York Islanders rallied from two goals down in the third period to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Tuesday night to clinch a playoff berth.
Hickey returned to the game after being cut by a skate and beat Braden Holtby to complete the comeback. Holtby allowed four goals on 27 shots and lost in his first attempt to tie Martin Brodeur's single-season wins record.
John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Anders Lee also scored for New York, which got a 29-save performance from Christopher Gibson in his first career NHL start.
Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 46th and 47th goals of the season, and T.J. Oshie also scored for Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington, which has three games remaining for Holtby to attempt to tie or break Brodeur's record.
Ovechkin opened the scoring on the Capitals' second shot on goal against Gibson. Washington's captain skated to the boards and fired a wrister from a bad angle short side on Gibson 4:29 in.
Tavares tied the score 13:33 into the second when his shot went off Holtby's glove and in. The goal was Tavares' 31st of the season.
Goals by Oshie and Ovechkin at 1:45 and 6:56 of the third period gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead.
However, the Islanders were quick to answer. A weird bounce off the end boards caught the Capitals' defense by surprise for Okposo's 22nd of the season at 8:40.
Less than two minutes later, Lee deflected Nick Leddy's shot past Holtby for the tying goal that Holtby had almost no chance of stopping. Dmitry Orlov misplayed Lee in front, leaving him wide open for the redirection.
Gibson, making his second NHL appearance amid a torrent of Islanders goaltending injuries, stopped Evgeny Kuznetsov on a breakaway in overtime, paving the way for Hickey to get the game-winner.