Jason Chimera tallied the deciding goal in the early portion of the third period, as Washington rallied from two goals down twice to capture a 4-3 decision over the Islanders in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
Subbing for the ill Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer was recalled from Hershey of the American Hockey League and made his NHL playoff debut a successful one, stopping 18 shots.
Cal Clutterbuck, Ryan Strome and Kyle Okposo lit the lamp for New York, which wasted leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and as a result fell even in this best-of seven set. Jaroslav Halak took the loss despite making 31 saves.
Game 3 shifts to Long Island on Sunday afternoon.