Canes set team record with three goals in 43 seconds

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes set a franchise
record by scoring three goals in 43 seconds during the first period
against Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

The scores by Eric Staal, Kevyn Adams and Erik Cole midway
through the period beat the previous record of 63 seconds set by
the then-Hartford Whalers against Toronto in January 1987.

On the first goal, Staal took a pass along the boards from
Justin Williams and beat Marc Denis from the right faceoff circle
for a power-play score at 8:23 of the period.

On the ensuing faceoff, Dan Boyle whiffed on a pass in his own
end, sending the puck directly to Craig Adams. Denis stopped Adams
in close, but Kevyn Adams got to the rebound and pushed it into the
net just 9 seconds later.

Then, with the Hurricanes pushing up ice, Cole dropped a pass to
Ray Whitney on the right side, then got the puck back at the left
post for a give-and-go goal at 9:06 to make it 3-1.

The NHL record for fastest three goals is 20 seconds by the
Boston Bruins against Vancouver on Feb. 25, 1971.