The Battle of Warroad began Wednesday.

Warroad High graduate Brock Nelson plays for the New York Islanders.

Warroad High graduate T.J. Oshie plays for the Washington Capitals.

Their teams opened a best-of-seven NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series Wednesday in the Toronto hub.

Round 1 went to Nelson and the Islanders.

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New York rallied from a one-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Capitals 4-2. Nelson assisted on both the game-tying and game-winning goals for the Islanders.

On the winning goal, Nelson flipped the puck from the neutral zone to goalie Braden Holtby. Nelson stole the puck from Holtby, fended off Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin and fed teammate Josh Bailey for a goal with 13:08 left in the third period.

But Oshie was not quiet for the Capitals.

Oshie scored both of Washington's goals on Wednesday -- back-to-back power-play tallies in the second period.

On the first goal, Oshie one-timed a rebound off the end wall. It was his second goal of the playoffs.

On his second goal, Oshie crashed the top of the crease looking for a rebound and poked it in as he was falling to the ice.

Since Oshie joined the Capitals in 2015-16, he has 12 power-play goals, which is the second-most in the NHL during that span. The only player with more is his teammate, Ovechkin.

Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

Other notes

  • Former UND forward Nick Schmaltz remained sidelined for the Arizona Coyotes after suffering an injury during Arizona's lone pre-tournament exhibition game. Schmaltz was hit in the head by Vegas forward Ryan Reaves. The Coyotes lost Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against Colorado 3-0.
  • Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost, who played one season at UND, was scratched Wednesday. He has played in two playoff games this season for the Avs and has missed two.
  • Troy Stecher scored the game-winning goal for the Vancouver Canucks in their 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Brock Boeser had two assist in the game and now has five points in five playoff games.

Thursday's games

2 p.m. -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, NBC Sports (Lightning lead series 1-0).

4:30 p.m. -- Chicago Blackhawks (Jonathan Toews, Drake Caggiula) vs. Vegas Golden Knights, NBC Sports (Golden Knights lead series 1-0).

7 p.m. -- Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins, NBC Sports (Bruins lead series 1-0).

9:30 p.m. -- Calgary Flames (Derek Forbort) vs. Dallas Stars, NBC Sports (Flames lead series 1-0).