Stat Trick: Capitals 5, Isles 4 in Shootout

November 11th, 2009 by Eric Hornick Leave a reply »
Trent Hunter, playing for the first time in over a month, scored on a power play with 2:08 to play to force overtime, but in the eventual shootout, the Capitals got an 11th round goal from Chris Clark to beat the Islanders 5-4 in the longest shootout in Islander history and the longest in the NHL this season.  On to the trick... 1.  It certainly didn't start well for the Isles as Alex Semin scored the first of his two goals just eight seconds into the game.  It was the earliest goal ever allowed by the Islanders (breaking a record set by Kevin Hatcher, also of the Caps, on Jan. 27, 1991) and tied the Capital record (set by Gaetan Duchesne is 1987) for their earliest goal.  It's only the 22nd time in NHL history that a goal has been scored in the first eight seconds. 2.  The Islanders rebounded for three goals before the game was seven minutes old, as Matt Moulson, Mark Streit, and Sean Bergenheim all scored to chase Jose Theodore in the shortest start of his career.  The three goals were one more than the Isles had scored in the first period of their first eight road games this season.  Washington had allowed only six first period goals prior to tonight all season! 3.  Th ...

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