October 11, 2010
It's not often that goals come immediately following the opening faceoff, but Alexander Radulov(notes) didn't waste any time giving his KHL team Salavat Yulayev a 1-0 lead against Yugra just six seconds into their game on Sunday:
Radulov and Salavat would end up losing 4-3, but the goal (slick, wasn't it?) set the record for fastest tally in not just the KHL, but Russian hockey history. The previous record was held by Andrei Pchelykaov, who scored seven seconds in during a Russian Super League game in 1998.
Both goals are quite the feat as, according to the KHL, only five times in Russian hockey history has a goal been scored in the opening 10 seconds of a game.
The fastest goal in NHL history? It's a three-way tie between Doug Smail (1981), Bryan Trottier (1984) and Alex Mogilny (1991), all of whom scored five seconds into a game.