New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby during the second period of Game 1 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs series, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex
Alex Brandon
April 18, 2015

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Capitals starting goalie Braden Holtby says he's over his illness and ready to return for Game 3 of Washington's first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.

Coach Barry Trotz isn't making a commitment to who he'll start Sunday. But he says Holtby looked fine during a brief practice on Long Island on Saturday, a day after the Capitals rallied to a 4-3 win to tie the best-of-seven series. Holtby made the decision to pull himself from the lineup for Game 2 because he didn't feel close to 100 percent recovered from an illness that began affecting him before Game 1 on Wednesday.

Rookie Philipp Grubauer filled In, making 18 saves to win in his playoff debut after being called up from the minors.

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