The only comparable moment Howie Rose has had behind an Islander microphone occurred 13 years ago tonight, when Shawn Bates scored the penalty shot goal against Toronto that gave the Isles a 4-3 win and a 2-2 tie in the series.
The Isles rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Leafs in a game capped off by the first successful penalty shot in an Islander playoff game. Two Islanders and four opponents had tried before --all had failed. Shawn Bates didn’t, scoring his 2nd goal of the series with just 2:30 to play, capping a wild 4:14 stretch as the Isles defeated the Leafs.
Alexei Yashin finally broke the 13-game goal-less schneid that had been with him in playoff games since May 11, 1998 when he opened the scoring in the first period. [Yashin who would add an assist later, now leads all players in the series with 5 points, after having just one in his last two playoff-years. Mark Parrish & Adrian Aucoin earned assists on the opening goal.
The Leafs would come back to take the lead as Alex Mogilny scored in the final minute of the first period [on a 5 on 3] and Tomas Kaberle added a tally in the final minute of the second.
The Isles tied the game at 13:16 of the third, with Toronto’s Pilar in the penalty box for tripping, on Kip Miller’s first goal of the series. It was Miller’s third career Cup goal, with the previous two coming in 1999 for Pittsburgh. Czerkawski and Jonsson set him up as the Isles connected on the power-play for the 6th time in the series.
One hundred seconds later, the Isles took the lead on Roman Hamrlik’s first-ever playoff goal. Playing in his 29th game, Hamrlik took a pass from Yashin and blistered one by Joseph.
Shayne Corson tied the game 98 seconds after that, scoring from behind the goal, as Chris Osgood lost track of who had the puck.
That set the stage for Bates’ heroics, as he did what Denis Potvin [1983 vs. Washington] and Randy Wood [1990 vs. Rangers] failed to do, convert on a penalty shot. Bryan McCabe pulled Bates down on the left wing side and Referee Brad Watson unhesitatingly pointed to center ice for hockey’s greatest moment. Having looked at several replays, it appears to have been the correct call--which I did not really believe when looking at it live.
Pat Quinn, who coached the Flyers in 1980, when a Leon Stickle missed off-side call contributed to a goal in the Cup-winning game disagreed.
So the Isles hold serve, and for the first time since the 1993 Patrick Division Championship series, they have reduced a best-of-7 to a best-of-3, with game five in Toronto Friday.
Here's how Howie Rose & Joe Micheletti called the moment:
Here's the edited full game replay from Hockey Night In Canada, with Bob Cole & Harry Neale. (The penalty shot sequence starts at about 43:20)
Here's some highlights of the win, with Jiggs and Eddie. It was the Isles' last OT win at the Coliseum until John Tavares won game 3 vs. Washington earlier this week.
Two nights later, Resch kissed the goalposts and later kissed the Penguins goodbye, as the Isles became the first professional sports team in 33 years to erase a 3-0 deficit and win a playoff series.
Here's a little feature on the series: