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Tavares scores 15 seconds into OT in leading Islanders to 2-1 win over Capitals

  • New York Islanders' Lubomir Visnovsky, right, celebrates with Kyle Okposo (21) after Okposo scored during the second period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Uniondale, New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New York Islanders' Lubomir Visnovsky, right, celebrates with Kyle Okposo (21) after Okposo scored during the second period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Uniondale, New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom reacts after scoring during the third period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the New York Islanders, Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom reacts after scoring during the third period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the New York Islanders, Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

Islanders captain John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to lift New York to a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Kyle Okposo also scored for the Islanders, who took a 2-1 series lead.

The game was decided quickly in the extra period, and after the Islanders allowed the Capitals to tie the game on Nicklas Backstrom's goal with 6:06 remaining in the third.

In overtime, Nikolay Kulemin's initial shot was stopped by Braden Holtby, who then tried to direct the rebound into the right corner. The puck went directly to Tavares, who shoveled it in before Holtby could cover the right post.

Game 4 is at Long Island on Tuesday.