On Sunday night, the Calgary Flames beat the San Jose Sharks by a 5-2 score. Two of the goals were scored by centre Elias Lindholm, with the Swede lighting the lamp twice by the 35-second mark of the third period.
That rapid goal-scoring made National Hockey League history.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 19, 2022
Two goals scored within the first 35 seconds of a period is tied for the eighth-fastest pair of goals by a single player to open a period in NHL history.
But, here’s the historical part: the others all scored their pair of goals in the first or second periods, making Lindholm the record-holder for fastest pair of goals by one player to open a third period in NHL history. (Stick-tap to ESPN’s Arca Ocal for that factoid.)
Is it an obscure record? You bet! But is it still an NHL record? You bet!
Congratulations to Lindholm for his very historic, very unique accomplishment.