Entering the series, the Islanders were riding a seven-game sudden-death winning streak. After Game 6, New York center Ray Ferraro, who had scored two overtime goals against Washington, was asked about the Islanders' OT secret. "You win one, and it's, Hey, we can do this," he said. "You go to the next one, and you do it again. It really does build. And it can happen so quickly. Nothing's happening, the puck is in the neutral zone, and all of a sudden, one quick pass, two-on-one, game over."
Even knowing the Islanders" history, few people in the Civic Arena at the end of regulation believed that New York would work its overtime magic one more time. Especially not after the Penguins' late-game heroics had earned the tie. And not with Lemieux out there. So when Volek broke in two-on-one with Ferraro and sizzled a slap shot past Barrasso, the crowd fell eerily silent, while the young, irreverent Islanders hopped and hugged and piled onto one another.
"We got no respect from the Pittsburgh Penguins," said Ferraro. Then he harkened back to the biggest upset he could think of: "Muhammad Ali, when he KO'd Liston, said he shook up the world. We did that to the hockey world today."
Stuff happens—especially in OT.