Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) checks New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) in the second period of Game 4 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — John Tavares scored with 9:49 left, and the New York Islanders tied their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday 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.
Captain Mark Streit scored twice, and Brian Strait and Kyle Okposo also had goals. 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 Thursday in Pittsburgh.
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