When Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee scored six seconds apart in the second period last night in Ottawa, it gave the New York Islanders a 4-1 lead, made team history, and had the added benefit of knocking disgruntled former Islander Kirk Muller out of the record-book.
The goals tied a team record for the fastest two-goals against a goaltender, joining Clark Gillies and Mike Bossy, who scored six seconds apart on Oct. 27, 1979, in a 6-4 win versus the Chicago Blackhawks at the Nassau Coliseum. The fastest two goals in Islanders history occurred on Nov. 30, 2016, at Barclays Center in a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. After Lee scored the tie-breaking goal with only 27 seconds remaining, Casey Cizikas won the opening face-off, and Nikolay Kulemin hit the empty net three seconds later.
Last night's goals now hold the record for the fastest two-goals in a road game for the Islanders. The previous record was held by Kirk Muller and Alexander Semak on Oct. 10, 1995 in a 7-3 loss versus Toronto at Maple Leaf Garden. The game is remembered for being Wendall Clark's first-game back in Toronto since been traded to first Quebec, than the Islanders the prior season.
Muller was regrettably acquired with Mathieu Schneider from Montreal in a deal that sent Vladimir Malakhov and Hall-of-Famer Pierre Turgeon to the Canadiens. Muller never wanted to be on Long Island and made his intentions clear from the start, making the trade even more infuriating. He was eventually traded to Toronto on Jan. 23, 1996, with Don Beaupre for the underwhelming package of Ken Belanger and Damian Rhodes.
The return for Clark was something quite different. In one of GM Mike Milbury's best trades, Clark and Schneider were also dealt to Toronto along with DJ Smith for the Leafs' 1st round draft pick in 1997 (Roberto Luongo), along with Sean Haggerty, Darby Hendrickson and future Islanders hall-of-famer, defenseman Kenny Jonsson.