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Three Fights, Two Goals, The Greatest 80 Seconds Of Hockey You Will Ever Witness (Video)
The Stars don’t make the trip out east to Boston all that often, but for some reason when they do things tend to get interesting. The last time these two teams met at the TD Garden back in October 2008, tempers flared as a total of 146 penalty minutes were handed out. It almost seemed as though they were trying to surpass that mark in the opening 10 seconds of this game.
Immediately after the puck dropped for the opening face-off, the Stars’ Steve Ott and the Bruins’ Gregory Campbell squared off. After they were done, Shawn Thornton and Krys Barch went toe-to-toe immediately following the next puck-drop. Only two seconds into the game and already two fights had taken place, and they weren’t done there.
Two seconds later it was Brian Sutherby and Adam McQuaid dropping the gloves. There you have it! Only four seconds in and already three fights had taken place. The only thing that was missing was some scoring, but that didn’t take too long. With the Bruins’ enforcers easily winning the final two bouts, the momentum was in their corner and they capitalized on it 31 seconds later as Milan Lucic beat Andrew Raycroft to put his team up 1-0.
“Thirty-five seconds in! Three fights and a goal! Are you having fun yet?” asked NESN play-by-play analyst Jack Edwards. Not quite Jack. How about one more goal?
Sure thing! Just 45 seconds later it was Patrice Bergeron deflecting home a perfect cross-crease pass from Brad Marchand to put the B’s up 2-0. It was the wildest 80 seconds of hockey you can imagine as the fans were treated to a total of three fights and two goals for the home team over that span.
As for the remaining 58 minutes and 40 seconds of the game, it wasn’t quite as good as the first 80 seconds that preceded it, but it did include seven more goals and one more fight. Not too shabby at all.
Here is a look at the best 80 seconds of hockey you may ever witness.