27 years ago tonight (1988) – Mikko Makela tied a club record with two shorthanded goals as the Islanders crushed the Canucks 6-1.
|Makela will celebrate his |
50th birthday on Saturday
Bryan Trottier assisted on both of Makela’s tallies and also scored a pair of goals of his own as the Isles broke open a 1-0 game with a 4-goal second period.
Kelly Hrudey nearly had his second consecutive shutout but Petri Skriko broke it up with 1:24 to play, ending Hrudey’s shutout streak at 118:59. The goal was scored on a 6-on-3, with Kirk McLean on the bench and two Islanders in the penalty box. Hrudey finished with 30 saves.
The win extended the Isles’ unbeaten streak to 6 (4-0-2) as they moved within three points of first place Washington.
Also on this date: (1997) – Rich Pilon scored his first goal in two years and three days as the Isles beat Pittsburgh 4-1.
Here's some highlights from Steve Levy and Barry Melrose on ESPN:
All-time, the Isles have played eleven February 23rd games at the Coliseum and finish with a 5-5-1 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.
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