<<The Islanders had not scored three goals within the first seven minutes of a game since Oct. 20, 2005, when Miroslav Satan, Jason Blake and Mark Parrish scored in the first 2:47 against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders outscored the Capitals, 3-2, in the first period, after outscoring Atlanta, 3-1, in the opening period in their last game. It's the first time that the Islanders have scored at least three first-period goals in each of two consecutive games since Jan.. 23-26, 1993, when they did that in home wins against the Flyers and Devils.>>
The Isles actually scored 4 goals in the January 23, 1993 first period. Here's the scoring (Isles won 8-4):
1 - PHI : Rod Brind'Amour 21 (Greg Hawgood, Garry Galley) (PP) 6:25
2 - NYI : Dalgarno 8 (Turgeon, McInnis) (PP) 13:35
3 - NYI : Green 4 (EV) 13:58
4 - NYI : Kurvers 3 (Flatley, Thomas) (PP) 14:44
5 - NYI : Flatley 8 (Hogue, Kurvers) (EV) 18:01
6 - PHI : Mark Recchi 29 (Brent Fedyk, Garry Galley) (PP) 19:41
The Isles scored 3 goals in the January 26, 1993 first period. Here's the scoring on that: (Isles won 8-2)
1 - NYI: Hogue (18) Flatley, Krupp 2:36
2 - NYI: Turgeon (30) King 4:07
3 - NYI: Hogue (19) Flatley 9:15
4 - NJ: Pellerin (8) Fetisov Semak 13:01
Ironically, those two wins got the Islanders back to .500 that season at 22-22-5. Three months later, they'd have their only playoff series wins since 1987.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick