Colin McDonald and Matt Martin scored two goals each, the Isles 3-0 before the Canes had a shot on goal (and 4-0 before the 11th minute), and it was 4-3 at 2:42 of the second period.

That kind of insanity is a fair reflection of a sloppily played game between two teams going nowhere. The New York Islanders survived for a 5-4 regulation win over the Carolina Hurricanes, slightly narrowing the meaningless gap between seventh and eighth place in the Metropolitan Division.

Even with the big early lead and the big and sudden comeback, the Isles still outshot the Canes 32-28 overall and were outshot just 19-18 over the last two periods. That last bit may have had to do with the fact the game ended up being close for the final 37 minutes.