A few people asked me if that is a record for the fastest goal from the start of a Stanley Cup playoff game. That record goes to the man pictured to the right, Don Kozak.
On April 17th, 1977 Kozak gave the Los Angeles Kings the earliest 1-0 lead in post-season history, scoring just 6 seconds into the game. Who were the Kings playing in that series? The Boston Bruins.
Here's some more thoughts on the Boston/Tampa game:
- How about Bruins' rookie Tyler Seguin? He sat all playoffs long, making his Stanley Cup debut in game 1. Now the 19 year old has 6 points in his first 2 games, including 4 points in just 7 shifts (5:35 TOI) of the 2nd period of game 2.
- According to @TSNresearch "last teenager with 4pts in a playoff game was Trevor Linden, 2 days shy of turning 19, April 9, 1989 vs cgy 1g, 3a"
- With 4 points in the period, he tied a NHL record for points in one period in a playoff game. Rocket Richard set that record in 1945, and has been equaled 10 other times. Amongst the co-record holders are Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, who did it twice.
- Tim Kerr also tied that record. He scored 4 goals, 3 on the power play, in a 1985 game against the New York Rangers. The 4 goals and 3 PP goals in one period are NHL records.
- Had the Lightning won the game, they would have tied a NHL record with 7 consecutive road playoff victories.
- The loss was also Tampa's first in 9 playoff games overall.
- Tampa did score 5 goals on Tim Thomas in the game. Philadelphia scored just 7 goals against Thomas in their entire playoff series!
- Television crews should keep an isolation camera on Bruins executive Cam Neely up in that box. His intensity and mannerisms would be fun to watch all game long.
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