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Tavares’ Pair of Goals Lift Isles; Senators Top Habs in Overtime

Uniondale, n.y. — John Tavares scored his second goal of the game with 9:49 left, and the New York Islanders tied their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins last night with a wild 6-4 victory.

Only the final lead was safe in Game 4.

Tavares slammed in his own rebound in front after Brad Boyes fed him following a turnover by Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. It was the Islanders’ third one-goal advantage in the game and the one that earned them a 2-2 tie in the highly entertaining series that has featured 5-4 and 6-4 finishes at Nassau Coliseum.

Tavares was serenaded with cheers of “M-V-P” from the frantic crowd that is believing an upset is possible. Casey Cizikas shoved in a shot with 1:16 left to add some much-needed insurance.

Brian Strait, captain Mark Streit, and Kyle Okposo also had goals, and Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves for the eighth-seeded Islanders, who know they will last at least six games with the top-seeded Penguins.

Game 5 is tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

James Neal, in his return after injuring his ankle in the series opener, scored in the first period.

Malkin added a tying goal in the second, and Brandon Sutter and Pascal Dupuis provided the Penguins with a pair of one-goal leads they couldn’t protect.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped only 18 shots during a difficult night.

Pittsburgh beat New York 5-4 in overtime on Sunday in a game in which both teams squandered two-goal leads.

Senators 3, Canadiens 2 (ot)

Ottawa — Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime, lifting Ottawa past the Montreal to grab a 3-1 lead in their playoff series.

Turris’ shot from the sideboards sneaked past Montreal backup goalie Peter Budaj, who came on for the injured Carey Price at the start of overtime.

Cory Conacher scored with 22.6 seconds to go in regulation to force overtime. Mika Zibanejad had the other goal for the Senators, who got 26 saves from Craig Anderson.

P.K. Subban and Alex Galchenyuk scored 62 seconds apart in the second period for Montreal. Price made 30 saves two nights after allowing all six goals in Ottawa’s 6-1 victory in Game 3.

He was injured on Conacher’s tying goal late in the third period.

Game 5 goes tomorrow night in Montreal in a series that has seen a little bit of everything.