Hagelin skated out from behind the net and put a wrist shot on the short side behind Marc-Andre Fleury, giving the Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Penguins and pushing them into the next round of the playoffs.
Kuznetsov had a coming-out party on Thursday, scoring two goals and assisting on another in the Capitals’ 5-1 victory over the Islanders in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series.
The bout served as the culmination of two days of heated reaction by several Islanders players, who were no doubt worked up by Wilson hitting Visnovsky against the boards in the first period on Tuesday.
Kuznetsov scored his first two playoff goals and linemate Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist as the Capitals asserted their will in a 5-1 romp at Verizon Center — their most lopsided playoff victory in five years.
Backstrom, who scored 18 goals during the regular season, entered the playoffs on a 23-game drought before scoring three goals in the first-round series.