Canes set team record with three goals in 43 seconds

Updated: October 28, 2006, 7:57 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


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