Losing two and three goal leads in the third period seems to be a plague that has loomed over the New York Islanders all season. Not even half way through March and the Islanders have already lost three games after leading in the third period against the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers.
Last night the Islanders played the Vancouver Canucks and after going into the third period down 3-0, looked to be another blow out. being down three goals and reputation for being weak in the third frame, the Islanders lit a fire almost immediately in the beginning of the period that would shock the fans in the Rogers Arena.
Starting with a goal from Josh Bailey at the 1:13 into the third period, the Islanders would go on to score seven goals total from seven different players, two of the goals coming only 22 seconds apart from each other. Those seven goals were scored by Josh Bailey (01:36), Ryan Strome (03:14), Calvin de Haan (03:36), Frans Nielsen (06:22), Matt Martin (10:04), Anders Lee (11:45) and Cal Clutterbuck (19:42).
Not only did the Islanders light the lamp like it was a strobe light, but they even held on defensively, holding the Canucks to one goal in the third, ending the game at 7-4. The seven goals tied a club record for goals in a period, which was set on December 23rd, 1978 against the New York Rangers.
The Islanders head home to the Nassau Coliseum where they will face the San Jose Sharks on Friday, March 14th. Puck will drop at 7:00 p.m. EST.