The Winnipeg Jets lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon (damn you, afternoon games) after surrendering 2 goals in 9 seconds in the 3rd period. This is a very “Jets” thing to do, and plummets them farther away from a coveted Wild-Card playoff spot.
Rather than focus on another heartbreaking loss, I asked myself, who has suffered a worse fate – meaning, have teams allowed consecutive goals with even less resistance?” The NHL record for fastest two goals by one team is an amazing two seconds. Max Domi and Joel Armia (former Jet) scored back-to-back goals in the blink of an eye against the Washington Capitals in a 6-4 victory on November 1st, 2018. There is a bit of a caveat to this record….. it came at the end of the game, and the Capitals had pulled the goaltender for the face-off after Domi’s goal. Regardless, a pretty impressive NHL record, and safe to say an ‘unbreakable’ one.
As a child, before the internet, and the dystopian nightmare of social media, I used to collect the NHL’s annual “Official Guide and Record Book” and I would crush through its 400 plus pages much like Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans crush beer snakes. One of my most treasured chapters: Individual and Team Records. At the time, I had no idea that hockey would change so significantly from the late 80’s/early 90s to today, so some of my favorite records are now also, unbreakable. Here are my favorites:
1. Most 40 or More Goal Scorers, One Season (4)– The 80’s Edmonton Oilers still hold the vast majority of these records (prolific scoring). The astonishing aspect of this achievement is that they did it 4 times from 1982 to 1985. The Great One, Kurri, and Anderson were staples, but Mike Krushelnyski makes an appearance in 1984. If the “Krusher” can top 40 goals in a season, your offence is historically fecund.
2. Most Goals, One Team, One Period (9) – In 1980, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 after the first period, the Buffalo Sabres exploded for nine goals in the second period. Center Gil Perreault lead the onslaught with a hat trick, as the Sabres set an NHL record for most goals in a period. So cheer up Buffalo, things haven’t always been this bad.
3. Most Games, One Season, By a Goaltender (75) – 75 Games for Grant Fuhr! How did Grant have that much energy in 1987? Wait, never mind.
4. Most Shorthanded Goals, One Season (13) – Mario Lemieux accomplished this in 1988. To put this into context, this year, the Avalanche have 6 shorthanded goals – which leads the league. Super Mario indeed.
5. Most Penalty Minutes, One Season (472) – Dave “The Hammer” Schultz accomplished this in 1974 playing for the “Broad Street Bullies”. Last year, the entire Winnipeg Jets roster finished with 404 penalty minutes. Mind you, Dave could likely fight all of the current Jets roster at once and fare pretty well.
What does this teach us, other than the 80’s were a crazy mixture of cocaine, terrible hair, and unprecedented scoring? It teaches us that times change, and that no matter how it looks now, the Jets can set the record straight this season.