Islanders score seven goals in third period offensive onslaught (video))
After spotting the Vancouver Canucks a three-goal lead through two periods, the New York Islanders staged a remarkable and furious comeback, scoring seven goals — each by a different player — to beat the Canucks 7-4 on Monday night.
The Islanders tied the game up at three apiece less than four minutes in to the third period courtesy of power play goals from Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome and Calvin de Haan. The Canucks stemmed the tide briefly to take a 4-3 lead on Frans Nielsen’s tally but that point on, it was all Islanders, all the time.
Christopher Tanev, Matt Martin and Anders Lee scored three goals in a span of about two minutes midway through the third and Cal Clutterbuck chipped in an empty-netter with less than a minute remaining to wrap up the offensive onslaught that left Canucks coach John Tortorella understandably underwhelmed at his team’s effort.
“This is a kick in the teeth,” Tortorella said, according to NHL.com. “It will take more than the normal coach speak to get by it.”
Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov, who backstopped the team and made 20 saves in the win, couldn’t believe what happened.
“I’m not going to lie, I haven’t seen anything like that,” said Nabokov. “Not eight goals in one period. Crazy.”
“I don’t know if I have ever been a part of a game like that,” said Kyle Okposo, who contributed three assists in the mind-blowing rally.
“We were extremely flat, didn’t look like we even wanted to be here,” Okposo added. “It was a bit embarrassing, but we came out in the third, (Bailey) got a big goal for us to start it off, and we smelled blood and we rolled from there.”