Timeline: Caps can't stop scoring goals in the second period


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.