The New York Islanders were fighting for their playoff lives on Friday, and they proved it by making NHL history in Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
With the series tied at 2-0, the New York Islanders entered the third period tied at 1-1. That is,
until Kyle Palmieri scored a power-play goal with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.
The floodgates were opened at that point. Palmieri's goal was not only the first power-play goal scored by the New York Islanders in the playoffs (their poor power-play record stretches back to February)
but it was also the first of four fastest goals recorded in playoff history. According to the NHL.com box score, Palmieri scored with 3:51 remained in the third period,
which was immediately followed by a goal from Matt Martin, who scored with 3:07 left in the game.Scott Mayfield and Anders Lee of the New York Islanders also scored less than a minute apart and,
unbelievably, just over two minutes after Palmieri's. Mayfield scored with 1:49 remaining, and Lee scored with 1:33 remaining.
That equates to four goals in two minutes and 18 seconds for the New York Islanders.
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