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November 05, 2012

Hockey History Photo of the Day: Jean Beliveau's History Changing Hat Trick

Jean Beliveau holds 4 pucks, each of which represents goals he scored in a game against Boston's Terry Sawchuk on November 5th, 1955.

Bert Olmstead is also in this photo. Big Bert set up Beliveau three times for goals all on the same power play.  Minor penalties were served for the full 2 minutes back in those days, regardless how many goals the other team scored with the man advantage.

But after Beliveau scored his 3 goals in 44 seconds (the second fastest hat trick in NHL history), there was much talk about ending power plays after one goal was scored. Montreal in particular was just too lethal with their power play. With the likes of Beliveau, Olmstead, Rocket Richard up front and Doug Harvey and Boom Boom Geoffrion on the points, Montreal could put any game away in the span of 2 minutes.

By the end of the 1955-56 season the rule change was implemented and penalties ended upon the surrendering of a power play goal.

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