Wednesday’s NHL playoffs: Flyers give up three-goal lead, recover to beat Islanders in OT

The Detroit News

Toronto — Phillippe Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday, tying the second-round playoff series at a game apiece.

The Islanders overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau getting the tying goal with 2:09 left in regulation.

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (93) high fives teammates as they leave the ice following their overtime victory in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto, Ontario,  Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

Myers ended it quickly, connecting on a shot from the right point that glanced off the stick of the Islanders' Anders Lee on the way in.

Kevin Hayes scored twice in the first period for Philadelphia, Sean Couturier also had a goal, and Carter Hart made 31 saves.

Lee and Anthony Beauvillier also scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov had seven saves before he was benched late in the first period. Thomas Greiss finished with 20 stops the rest of the way.

The Flyers scored three times in the first 15:09, chasing Varlamov. He had shut them out in Game 1 and built an Islanders' playoff record shutout streak of 138:17 before Philadelphia broke through in the first period.

Teammates Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) and teammates Alex Killorn (17) and Victor Hedman (77) celebrate a 7-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Toronto.

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Lightning 7, Bruins 1: Ondrej Palat, Mikhail Sergachev and Alex Killorn scored power-play goals to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead in the series.

Killorn finished with two goals and an assist, Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, and Sergachev and Brayden Point each added a goal and two assists. Palat and Yanni Gourde had a goal and an assist each. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 23 saves.

The Lightning ended an 0-for-16 drought in man-advantage situations that began in Game 1 of Tampa Bay’s first-round victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brad Marchand had his fourth goal of the series for Boston, scoring on the power play at 4:56 of the second period. Jaroslav Halak was pulled after giving up four goals on 16 shots. He was replaced by 23-year-old Dan Vladar, who stopped 12 of the 15 shots he faced in his NHL playoff debut.

Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche players rough it up during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta.

Avalanche 6, Stars 4: Nazem Kadri scored the go-ahead goal with 6:06 remaining in a wild third period as Colorado took a 2-1 lead in the series.

Leading 3-1 in the third, Colorado saw the Stars rally for three straight goals, including one that caromed into the net off the leg of Jamie Benn to put Dallas up.

Mikko Rantanen and Kadri responded with goals 1:52 apart to give the Avalanche back a 5-4 advantage. Kadri tipped in the winner off a pass from Kevin Connauton. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare added a late empty-netter to seal the win.

NHL protest talks

NHL players are discussing options to protest racial injustice after the NBA and other professional sports leagues postponed games, according to a person with knowledge of those talks.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Thursday because those discussions were private. The subject rose to the forefront as multiple leagues called off games and two prominent Black NHL players expressed frustration that the league went ahead Wednesday with two games preceded by moments of reflection.

Minnesota’s Matt Dumba and San Jose’s Evander Kane, founding members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, criticized the NHL for going ahead with games while three NBA playoff games, plus three in Major League Baseball were postponed.

Eastern Conference

No. 6 N.Y. Islanders 1, No. 1 Philadelphia 1

Monday, Aug. 24: N.Y. Islanders 4, Philadelphia 0

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Philadelphia 4, N.Y. Islanders 3, OT

Thursday, Aug. 27: Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29: Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Islanders, noon

Monday, Aug. 31: N.Y. Islanders vs. Philadelphia, TBD

x-Wednesday, Sept. 2: Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Islanders, TBD

x-Thursday, Sept. 3: N.Y. Islanders vs. Philadelphia, TBD

No. 2 Tampa Bay 2, No. 4 Boston 1

Sunday, Aug. 23: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2

Tuesday, Aug. 25 : Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3, OT

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Tampa Bay 7, Boston 1

Friday, Aug. 28: Tampa Bay vs. Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 30: Boston vs. Tampa Bay, 8 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Sept. 1: Tampa Bay vs. Boston, TBD

x-Wednesday, Sept. 2: Boston vs. Tampa Bay, TBD

Western Conference 

No. 1 Las Vegas 1, No. 5 Vancouver 1

Sunday, Aug. 23: Las Vegas 5, Vancouver 0

Tuesday, Aug. 25: Vancouver 5, Las Vegas 2

Thursday, Aug. 27: Las Vegas vs. Vancouver, 9:45 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29: Las Vegas vs. Vancouver, 8 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 31: Vancouver vs. Las Vegas, TBD

x-Tuesday, Sept. 1: Las Vegas vs. Vancouver, TBD

x-Thursday, Sept. 3: Vancouver vs. Las Vegas, TBD

No. 3 Dallas 2, No. 2 Colorado 1

Saturday, Aug. 22: Dallas 5,Colorado 3

Monday, Aug. 24: Dallas 5, Colorado 2

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Colorado 6, Dallas 4

Friday, Aug. 28: Colorado vs. Dallas, 10 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 30: Dallas vs. Colorado, TBD

x-Monday, Aug. 31: Colorado vs. Dallas, TBD

x-Wednesday, Sept. 2: Dallas vs. Colorado, TBD

x-if necessary