Wow. That was some second period.
(Insert "Boy, that escalated quickly" gif from Anchorman.)
The Capitals struggled mightily in Thursday night's first frame, trailing 3-0 after the opening 20 minutes. Nine minutes into the second period, they were still trailing by the same score.
That's when the floodgates opened. And boy, did they open.
9:07 into the second period
First, Conor Sheary found himself with the puck in front of the Islanders' net, surrounded by defenders. He turned and whipped a shot, finding the back of the net for his first goal with Washington.
10:20 into the period
Sheary decided to double down almost immediately. Just over a minute after his first goal, he deflected another shot in for the Caps' second goal, pulling the score to within one.
Hey, when you're hot, you're hot.
11:11 into the period
Less than a minute of play after their second goal, the Caps tied it up. This time somebody else got in on the scoring action, with Garnet Hathaway reeling in a pass on a breakaway and sniping the puck into the net. 3-3 game.
14:16 into the period
The Caps weren't done yet. Three minutes after their third goal, the barrage continued with a one-timer from John Carlson on the power play, his third goal of the season.
18:30 into the period
Somehow, some way, the Caps still weren't finished. As the second period began to draw to a close, Zdeno Chara fired a long distance shot, finding the back of the net for his own first goal of the season.
Nine and a half minutes of ice time, five goals. It was an incredible, explosive display from a Caps offense still missing many of its key pieces. But it didn't matter, for this period at least, as the Caps not only overcame a three-goal deficit, but ended up going into the third period with a two-goal lead.
Enjoy it, Caps fans. You don't see goal flurries like this every day. especially not against the team that knocked you out of the playoffs the year prior.