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Canadiens set NHL record by scoring two goals in two seconds

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Montreal Canadiens’ Max Domi scores past Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby during third period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)


Here is a fun one from Thursday night’s NHL action.

The Montreal Canadiens continued their impressive start on Thursday night with a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals to improve to 7-3-2 on the season. Few people, if any, saw this sort of start coming from this Canadiens team. But here we are.

The latest win was highlighted by prized rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft, scoring his first two NHL goals, and the Canadiens setting a new NHL record by scoring the fastest two goals by one team in NHL history.

How fast?

Two seconds.

It started when Max Domi, who continues to do his part to silence a lot of critics of the offseason trade that sent him to Montreal (including yours truly), scored his sixth goal of the season with just 22 seconds to play to give the Canadiens a 5-4 lead.

The fact he already has six goals this season is especially noteworthy because he only scored nine in each of the past two seasons.

Two seconds later Joel Armia scored on a play right off of the ensuing faceoff.

Sure, it was an empty net goal. But a goal is a goal, and any goal two seconds after another goal is something worth noting. Because it has never happened before.

Quite the way to end a win over the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.