The fastest known goal to start a hockey game was 3.23 seconds, set in 2011-12. How fast was the snipe that broke the record last Friday in the MHL?
Viktor Shakhvorostov accomplished something
only Barry Allen could dream of on Friday night. Shakhvorostov, 20, is a left winger in MHL, a junior feeder league of the KHL. He pulled off the utterly miraculous in a Jan. 8 game between his Irbis Kazan and Sarmaty Orenburg. He scored goal…3.05 seconds after the opening faceoff. It's the fastest known goal to start a game in the history of hockey as we know it. Watch:
The previous known record belonged to Peter Sivak, who sniped a goal 3.23 seconds into a game during the 2011-12 season playing for MsHK Zilina of the Slovakian League. Let's watch that one, too:
The NHL record for fastest goal to start a game is five seconds, shared by Doug Smail (1981), Bryan Trottier (1984) and Alexander Mogilny (1991). Stick tap to
BarDown for bring Shakhvorostov's record-breaker to our attention.
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