The New York Islanders broke a near 80-year-old Stanley Cup record on Friday in their win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Apr 21, 2023; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) celebrates his empty net goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Trailing 2-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes heading into Game 3 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series, the New York Islanders needed a win. They got one in tough — yet ultimately historic — fashion.

With the game tied at 1-1 late in the third period, New York went on a power play.

With 3:51 remaining, the Islanders broke the tie when Kyle Palmieri redirected a shot from Sebastian Aho, giving the Islanders a 2-1 lead.

That was all that the Islanders needed to win the game. It was not, however, all they would score.

Less than a minute later, Matt Martin took a pass from Palmieri and beat Carolina goalie, Antti Raanta, giving the Islanders an insurance goal.

A little more than a minute later, Scott Mayfield added an empty netter and Anders Lee closed the scoring with another goal less than 20 seconds after Mayfield’s.

In all, the Islanders scored four goals in 2:18 seconds. That broke a record for the quickest four goals scored by any team in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Montreal Canadiens set the previous mark in 1944.

If the Islanders are looking for an even better omen, the 1944 Canadiens — whose record they broke — won the Stanley Cup.

Of course, the Islanders are still in the first round and trail 2-1 in the series. So, they have a lot of work to do before joining the 1944 Canadiens on the list of Stanley Cup champions. But if nothing else, they know that they’ve done something better than a championship-winning team.

[ESPN Stats & Info]

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