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NHL: New York Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3

May 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, May 3 (UPI) -- Kyle Okposo put New York in front with 7:37 to play Friday and the Islanders held on for a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh that evened their playoff series.

New York overcame the return of the Penguins' Sidney Crosby as well as a two-goal deficit to grab home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Islanders will host the third and fourth games in the series Sunday and Tuesday.

The top-seeded Penguins overwhelmed New York in the series opener 5-1 and Pittsburgh took a 3-1 lead after one period Friday -- Crosby scoring twice in the opening stanza.

Crosby was cleared to play for the first time since March 30 after recovering from a broken jaw.

The Islanders began their comeback with a goal from Colin McDonald 5:12 into the second period and Matt Martin tied it 4 minutes later.

It remained a 3-3 contest until Okposo beat Marc-Andre Fleury.

Evgeni Nabokov earned the win with 30 saves. He has 41 post-season victories in his career, but this was his first in three seasons as well as his first for the Islanders. He spent his first nine years of his decade-long career with San Jose.

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