February 03, 2011
The Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins packed enough action for three periods in the first minute and 20 seconds of their game at TD Bank Center in Boston tonight. We're talking two goals, by Milan Lucic(notes) and Patrice Bergeron(notes); three fights; and one goaltender pulled.
Take a gander at the wildest start to an NHL game in recent memory:
For those scoring at home, that's Gregory Campbell(notes) fighting Steve Ott(notes) at 0:01, perhaps as retribution for this; Shawn Thornton(notes) and Krys Barch(notes) at 0:02, who are also old acquaintances; and Adam McQuaid(notes) fighting Brian Sutherby(notes), embarrassing all involved by failing to get their brawl in at the 0:03 mark for the incredible 3-fights-in-3-seconds achievement. Alas, their fight was at 0:04.
Perhaps sensing the former Bruin was overwhelmed by the surreal start of this one, and the two goals in surrendered, Andrew Raycroft(notes) was pulled by Marc Crawford at the 1:20 mark. Boston finished the first period with a 4-0 lead.
And ... exhale.