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ON THIS DAY: Mosienko's 21-Second Hat Trick

Exactly 68 years ago, future Hall of Famer Bill Mosienko scored a trio of goals in 21 seconds - an NHL record that may never be broken

by Harvey Wittenberg /

It was 68 years ago today when an amazing NHL record was set by an eventual Blackhawk Hall of Famer - Bill Mosienko.

An important and exciting set of goals was more recently achieved on June 24, 2013 only 17 seconds apart in Boston. You won't find an NHL record for it, but only goes to prove that hockey literality changes in seconds. As you recall, Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland combined to clinch a Cup that time with an equalizer and a winner. 

On March 23, 1952, though, Bill Mosienko scored a hat trick in an incredible 21 seconds - a feat that most likely will never be broken.

Video: 1952: Bill Mosienko nets hat trick in just 21 seconds

Exactly 68 years ago, it was the last game of the season before a sparse crowd at Madison Square Garden. Both the Hawks and Rangers were out of the playoffs and going into the third period the Hawks trailed 6-2. 

Ranger rookie goalie Lorne Anderson was playing his third - and ultimately final - game in the NHL. He won his first game allowing four goals, lost his second giving up seven before facing the Blackhawks game.

Hawk center Gus Bodnar fed the speedy Mosienko for his first tally as he went around veteran Ranger defenseman Hy Buller to beat Anderson with a 12-foot wrist shot at 6:09 of the third. 

Bodnar won the next center ice faceoff and took the puck inside the blue line before feeding 'Mosey', who cut to his left around Buller to rifle a 12-footer past Anderson almost from the same spot.

Bodnar again won the ensuing faceoff, but this time fed the puck to George Gee on the left wing who went into the Ranger zone, faked a shot and passed to Billy, who cut to his left while moving closer to the net before lifting a short backhander on the opposite side of his first two goals over Anderson at 6:30 - 21 seconds after his first goal.

Hawk coach Ebbie Goodfellow left Bill out for the next faceoff, which Bodnar won and got the puck to 'Mosey' again as he sped into the Ranger zone to fake out Anderson another time, but this time with virtually an open net, his shot missed by inches.

Backed by Bill's amazing feat, the Hawks had rallied to win the game, 7-6. 

In his rookie season, Mosienko had scored two goals in 21 seconds - a Hawk mark at that time, also against the Rangers on February 8,1942 at the Chicago Stadium. However, his trick trick in 21 seconds in 1952 is certainly is one record that may stand forever. 

Jean Beliveau came the closest four seasons later, accomplishing the feat in 44 seconds - more than twice that of Mosienko. To this day, they stand as the only two to score thrice in under a minute. 

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