Marcin Gortat scored 16 points, Otto Porter had 15 and Paul Pierce added 10 for the Wizards, who host Game 3 on Friday night.
Petr Mrazek made 22 saves for his first postseason shutout, and Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit in a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Lightning on Tuesday night that gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead in their playoff series.
Alex Gordon also went deep for the Royals (11-3), who have taken the first two games of the three-game set after losing their only series of the season in Minnesota last week.
Cardinals starter Lance Lynn gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings.
The Hall of Fame said it believes the only Naval Academy graduate to appear in a major league game was pitcher Nemo Gaines, who made four relief appearances in 1921 with the Washington Senators.
The benches cleared on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, when the teams began playing a dangerous game of dodgeball involving 90-plus heat.
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.
There were 74 Cubans on major or minor league rosters on opening day, 11 more than last year and more than double the 29 in 2008.
Player comparisons will be more precise than ever before with the new data about to be unleashed.
The Blues lost on the road in the playoffs for the ninth straight time, and Minnesota now leads the series 2-1.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner last played in 2012 as a member of the New York Jets.
The Rams gathered Monday for strength and conditioning, which one player described as "the first day of school."
The Royals right-hander held down the Twins for seven innings Monday night, and Kansas City's opportunistic offense took advantage of a series of Minnesota miscues in a 7-1 victory.
Choking off the passing lanes and the open ice where Penguins' stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin thrive, New York built an early lead behind goals from Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider then held on for a 2-1 win in Game 3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead.
The most notable absence was All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston, who was given the franchise tag after a record-setting sack season. Houston still has not signed his tender as the Chiefs and his representatives try to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.
Held to an assist without a shot in a deflating Game 1 loss, Tarasenko responded with his first career playoff hat trick, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Saturday to even their first-round series at a game apiece.
Heyward's homer backed a strong six-inning pitching performance by Carlos Martinez as the Cardinals won their fourth in a row.
Derrick Rose had 23 points and seven assists in his first postseason game in three years, Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and Chicago opened the playoffs with a 103-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Holland has four saves this season and has not allowed a hit in four scoreless innings. He has been an All-Star the past two years.
Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat Toronto 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.