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Islanders beat Penguins to spoil Sidney Crosby’s return; Canadiens top Senators

Sporting a football-style facemask, Sidney Crosby returned from a broken jaw and scored twice for the Penguins.
Sporting a football-style facemask, Sidney Crosby returned from a broken jaw and scored twice for the Penguins. gene puskar/associated press

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Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Penguins on Friday night at Pittsburgh, evening their playoffs series at one game each.

Matt Moulson, Colin McDonald, and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders, who spoiled Sidney Crosby’s comeback from a broken jaw by rallying from an early two-goal deficit.

Crosby scored twice in the game’s first eight minutes as the Penguins raced to a 3-1 lead. But they couldn’t hold it as the Islanders bounced back from a lifeless performance in Game 1.

Evgeni Nabokov overcame a sluggish start to stop 30 shots as the Islanders won their first playoff game in more than six years.

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