MONTREAL -- Not waiting until every fan is back in their seats before scoring a playoff overtime goal is nothing new to the Canadiens.
On Thursday night at the Bell Centre, Tom Kostopoulos became the latest Canadiens OT hero to strike in a hurry by sealing a 4-3 Habs win only 48 seconds into the fourth period. By beating Martin Biron with the game-winner so early, Kostopoulos scored the sixth-fastest postseason OT goal in Canadiens history.
Fastest playoff OT goals in Habs history
|Date ||Player ||Time ||Result |
|May 18, 1986 ||Brian Skrudland ||0:09 ||3-2 @ CGY |
|April 19, 1991 ||Stephane Richer ||0:27 ||4-3 vs BOS |
|April 11, 1980 ||Yvon Lambert ||0:29 ||4-3 @ HFD |
|June 5, 1993 ||John LeClair ||0:34 ||4-3 @ LA |
|April 10, 1969 ||Ralph Backstrom ||0:42 ||3-2 vs BOS |
|April 24, 2008 ||Tom Kostopoulos ||0:48 ||4-3 vs PHI |
Like Kostopoulos in Game 1, the player who dons the red cape during the playoffs isn’t always a superstar. That was also the case in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Calgary on May 18, 1986, when unlikely hero Brian Skrudland scored the fastest overtime goal in not only team history, but also in NHL history by solving the Flames’ Mike Vernon a mere nine seconds into the extra frame.
Besides Skrudland and Kostopoulos, five other Habs have managed to end a playoff OT game in less than 60 seconds. Among them are teammates Eric Desjardins (:51) and John LeClair (:34), both of whom did so during the Canadiens’ record-breaking Stanley Cup run in the spring of 1993, which saw Montreal win an unprecedented 10 consecutive overtime games.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com