After facing a brutally fast-paced overtime against the Los Angeles Kings, the Boston Bruins were clearly hoping for a chance at the shootout. Tyler Toffoli and the offense of the Kings, however, had other plans.
On what seemed to be a routine face-off in the Bruins zone with 0.9 seconds to play in a 1-1 tie game, the Kings managed to score maybe the fastest overtime winner off a draw that you’ll ever see.
It’s hard to draw up plays in hockey considering the sport’s nature, but this set up by the Kings was picture perfect. Anze Kopitar beat David Pastrnak on the face-off as the puck went right to Toffoli’s stick on the backhand win.
Toffoli then wasted no time in one-timing the puck past Tuukka Rask’s blocker for a shocker of an overtime winner.
And yes, the goal did count! While the scoreboard showed double zeros, Toffoli’s incredible shot went into the net with 0.4 seconds to play in the overtime period.
Somehow, Toffoli got off a shot within a tenth of a second — according to the clock — and his rocket beat Rask a few tenths of a second later.
The 2-1 overtime finish now has the Kings sitting at 9-1-1 to start the season, matching their best start in franchise history set back in 1980. What a win.