But then Alex Burrows made them look even better, opening the scoring just six seconds in for the fastest goal in over 20 years and the fourth-fastest goal in NHL history.
The scoring play is finished off with a picture-perfect shot from Burrows, but we have to give credit to Daniel Sedin, who really gets this sequence started.
Daniel's headed to the boards off the opening faceoff, and appears to be about to receive the puck, so Brian Lashoff steps up to meet him at the wall. But Daniel recognizes this and make a sharp, sudden turn to the inside of the ice. When Alex Edler's able to hit him there, suddenly Lashoff is caught and the Canucks are in 2-on-1 off the faceoff.
Daniel makes the cross-ice pass and Burrows rings the shot in off the post for the early lead.
Lashoff might concede that he was a tad too aggressive. In his defence, the Canucks were wearing jerseys from the 1910s. Maybe he thought he was back in the age before the NHL allowed forward passing?
The goal came just six seconds in, missing a share of the NHL record for fastest goal to start a game by just one second. That's a feat that's been done three times, by Doug Smail in 1981, Bryan Trottier in 1984, and most recently, by Alexander Mogilny in 1991.
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