Saturday, January 22, 2011
With time winding down in last night's game between the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres and New York leading comfortably by a 4-0 score, Nathan Gerbe got the puck along the boards near the top of the faceoff circle and began a rush up the ice. At center ice he breezed by P. A. Parenteau at center ice before successfully putting a deke on defenseman Jack Hillen and lifted a beautiful backhander past goaltender Kevin Poulin with 3:22 remaining.
Gerbe stayed on the ice for the ensuing faceoff and broke for the Islanders zone after the drop of the puck. He managed to poke the puck past defenseman Dylan Reese, who fanned on a chance to clear it. Gerbe turned him backwards in the process of going by Reese, and as he turned once again to face the Islander goal, Sabres center Mike Greer poked the puck forward to Gerbe, who patiently held for a split second to give the puck time to move farther forward into a good shooting position before he snapped a shot past Poulin once again with 3:17 remaining for his second goal in just five seconds to set a Sabres record for the two quickest goals by one player.
The two goals in five seconds tied Peter Mahovlich's feat in 1971, but was still one second behind the NHL record shared by center Nels Stewart, who scored two in four seconds in 1931 for the Montreal Maroons and Deron Quint of the Winnipeg Jets in 1995.
Quint's two goals in four seconds were all the more remarkable since the defenseman's total for the season was just five goals in 51 games.
While thoughts then turned to Bill Mosienko's record three goal hat trick in 21 seconds in 1952, Gerbe was unable to score again and the Islanders added an empty net goal to complete their 5-2 win. For his stunning back to back goals, Gerbe was named the game's #2 star of the night.
Today's featured jersey is a 2010-11 Buffalo Sabres Nathan Gerbe jersey. The Sabres debuted this jersey in the 2008-09 season as an alternate jersey. It was a modern update on the Sabres classic original sweaters worn from 1970 to 1996, with darker shades of the original blue and gold.
For 2010-11 this jersey was promoted to the regular home jersey, replacing the unloved "Buffaslug" sweater design.
Gerbe, just 5' 5", is a product of the US National Development Program and played college hockey for Boston College of Hockey East, winning a national championship in 2008. Prior to this season he has played mainly with the Portland Pirates of the AHL, but has appeared in ten games in both 2008-09 and 2009-10, when he scored his first NHL goal. To date, Gerbe has played 30 games for the Sabres this season, scoring 5 goals and 7 assists.