November 17, 2014

Most Shorthanded Goals In One Game

When the original Winnipeg Jets downed the visiting Vancouver Canucks by a score of 7-4 on April 7th, 1995, they set a record for most shorthanded goals scored in one NHL game with 4.

Keith Tkachuk scored two shorties, while Nelson Emerson and Darryl Shannon added singles.

The previous record for shorties in one game was three, which has been accomplished 36 times, most recently by Boston in a 4-2 win over Carolina in 2010.

The most notable of the 36 games came on March 9th, 1991 when the Calgary Flames defeated the St. Louis Blues by a lopsided score of 8-4. Theo Fleury scored a hat trick in that game, with all the goals coming shorthanded. In fact two of the shorties came on the same penalty!

Fleury's shorthanded hat trick established a record for most shorthanded goals by one player in one game.

Then there was the Bruins fantastic penalty kill of 2010. On April 10th in 2010, the Bruins set a NHL record by scoring three shorthanded goals in just 64 seconds! They did it against the Carolina Hurricans during a Matt Hunwick penalty for hooking of Jerome Samson.

The three second period penalty kill tallies from Dan Paille, Blake Wheeler and Steve Begin not only doubled Boston's shorthanded output for the season, but helped them win the game 4-2 and clinch a playoff berth  in the process.

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