Four minutes and 12 seconds is all it took, as the Islanders watched Monday's matinee game unravel in front of their eyes.
After an Anders Lee goal made it 2-1 early in the second period, the Islanders looked to be the controlling team everyone has seen for the past two games. But a burst from the Wild turned into a forecheck from hell for the Isles.
Three goals were tallied on the scoreboard in that 4:12 span, and it was the decisive push Minnesota needed to snap the Isles' small two-game win streak.
Though small, a win streak is what the Islanders need if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. With the loss, New York fell out of the second wild-card slot in the Eastern Conference, which is why head coach Doug Weight wasn't pleased at all after the game.
"If you were playing better consistent hockey throughout the year, you chalk it up as a couple bad decisions and you march on," Weight told The Post's Greg Joyce. "But now that points are so paramount and important, it's a punch in the stomach."
Lee couldn't believe the Wild put together a stretch of goals that quickly.
"All the wind was out of our sails after that," Lee said. "They jsut took over four or five minutes, scored a few goals and all of a sudden now we're trailing by two and we got our backs against the walls."
Thomas Hickey added: "It was sort of bang-bang-bang. We gotta get better at the swings and the momentum of hockey games."
A positive that came out of the game, though, was Tanner Fritz netting his first NHL goal on a sniped wrister to the top right shelf late in the second. But even he wasn't reveling over his goal after the loss.
"Just a few lapses there and that's all it takes," Fritz said about the Wild's goals. "It's the NHL and players are going to make you pay when you make mistakes."
There were many mistakes to correct during that stretch, but Weight was focused on his top-two lines after the game. Other than Lee's deflected score, Ross Johnston, a fourth-liner, and a third-liner in Fritz scored. He needs to see better play from his top forwards.
"[That] is what all four lines should exemplify," Weight said when asked about his lines' tough play. "Get the puck in, play 35 seconds, work your butt off and get off. That's what exemplifies how we want to play. You want to stay out for 65 seconds and as soon as it doesn't go your [way] -- it's just rhetoric right now.
"...We gotta trust that everybody's a good player on this team. They want to do the right things, they want to be great. It's 25-30 people are going to touch the jerseys throughout the year. We just gotta be better."
New York will have a short lull before they take to the ice again, facing the Maple Leafs on the road Thursday. With the Devils -- the top wild-card seed at the moment -- next on the schedule, they will hope to put together another small stretch, and put this bad game behind them.