The New York Islanders pummeled Pittsburgh goaltender Michel Dion for five goals in the first 4:08 of the game and stormed to a 9-2 triumph over the Penguins last night in Uniondale, N.Y.
Duane Sutter and Bryan Trottier each scored twice and John Tonelli once in a span of 2:37, 30 seconds off the NHL mark for the fastest five goals at any juncture of a game. The record for the fastest five goals is 2:07, set by the Penguins against St. Louis in 1972.
Sutter began the burst 1:31 into the game when he was left unchecked in front of Dion. Clark Gillies found him with a pass from the left wing boards and Sutter put in a wrist shot.
Fifty-nine seconds later, Stefan Persson's backhand pass sprung Tonelli for a short shot high into the Penguin net. It was Tonelli's 21st goal of the year, a season high for the left wing.
Trottier got the next two Islander scores, at 2:46 and 3:31. His first goal came after the puck took a weird bounce at the sideboards and richoceted off Pittsburgh's Bob Simpson directly to Trottier. He beat Dion with a wrist shot.