Scoring three goals in a game was a challenge for the Boston Bruins this season because of an offense that dried up considerably. With a playoff spot at stake on Saturday, Matt Hunwick’s first-period penalty created a scoring frenzy in the most unlikely for circumstances.
Daniel Paille, Blake Wheeler and Steve Begin scored shorthanded goals in a 1:04 span setting an NHL record for the fastest time to accomplish such a feat, and becoming the first team to strike three times on the same penalty kill in history.
The Bruins withstood a comeback to win 4-2 to reach 89 points and create the possibility of a sixth-placed finish. Hunwick tried his luck again in the third period by taking another penalty, but to no avail.
Boston’s offense came through when it mattered most.