Savard Scores 4 Seconds Into 3rd Period

Updated: November 3, 2005, 3:44 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

January 12, 1986

By the time many of the fans in Chicago Stadium get back to their seats after the second-period intermission, Denis Savard has a goal. The Blackhawks center takes the puck off the third-period faceoff and quickly moves in for a 35-foot blast.

The goal past Hartford netminder Steve Weeks comes at four seconds, tying the NHL record for the fastest score to start a period. Montreal's Claude Provost had set the record in 1957.

"Denis just saw an opening, and he can really jump on something like that," says Chicago assistant coach Roger Neilson. "It was made to order for him."

Earlier in the Hawks' 4-2 victory, an assist by Savard had extended his scoring streak to 17 games.