The New York Islanders made history Friday in Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes at UBS Arena. It was a tight-checking scoreless slog for most of the first two periods and a tense third period tied 1-1, the dam burst, and the Islanders filled the net four times in 2:17.
And you get a goal, and you get a goal. Everyone gets a goal.
The Islanders won Game 3, 5-1, and trail the Round One series, 2-1.
Friday, the Islanders scored the fastest four goals in Stanley Cup playoff history, and they waited until it counted. Like a great last-lap pass or a 10th-round knockout, the Islanders broke Carolina in the final minutes of the third period.
That also means Carolina Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta gave up the fastest four goals in Stanley Cup playoffs history.
Kyle Palmieri scored the game-winner when he deflected a point shot for a power-play goal with just under four minutes remaining. The crowd reaction is as fun as the goal:
Carolina was reeling. The Islanders’ “identity line” scored its second goal of the game and the backbreaker when Matt Martin lit the lamp behind Raanta 44 seconds later. Palmeiri’s exuberant third period continued with the primary assist. He held the puck in the slot and let Martin slip behind the defensemen before a nifty pass.
UBS Arena was still celebrating the season-saving goal and had even more reason to go nuts.
The New York Islanders didn’t need an empty net goal, but Scott Mayfield scored one from about 180 feet. His broad smile, missing a tooth or two, said everything as the Islanders led 4-1.
Anders Lee provided the icing on the cake or tartar sauce for the fish sticks. After Mayfield scored the empty-netter, Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour put Raanta back in the net.
It didn’t matter. The New York Islanders’ momentum was too great. Just 16 seconds after the EN goal, Anders Lee used his 6-foot-2 frame to deflect Casey Czikas’s turning wrister.
The Islanders scored four goals in 2:17, never before seen by hockey fans in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Yes, yes, yes…