UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Nicklas Backstrom scored 11:09 into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night, and even their first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.

Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders battles along the boards with Troy Brouwer of the Washington Capitals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. (Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin also scored and assisted on the decisive goal, which came off a faceoff to the right of the Islanders net. Backstrom dug the puck out in the right corner and worked his way up the boards.

He snapped a shot near the blue line that went through a crowd and sneaked inside the far post.

Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders as the series shifts to Washington for Game 5 on Thursday.

It was the second consecutive game decided in overtime, after John Tavares needed 15 seconds to seal the Islanders' 2-1 win on Sunday.

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