Jake DeBrusk had never seen a goal like his first Tuesday, but Zach Parise scored one just like it a short time later.
The Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild forwards each scored remarkably similar game-opening goals that popped over the opposing goalies in the first period of each team's victory.
DeBrusk tipped a pass from David Krejci off Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard, and the puck hit the top of the goal, then bounced off goalie Sergei Bobrovsky's back and in the net, giving Boston a 1-0 lead.
Even he was amazed that it went in.
"This [goal is] something I've never seen," DeBrusk said. "I don't know how it went in the net. … I'd have to see a replay to be honest with you. I know I tried to get a shot. It found its way in."
But almost 800 miles northwest of Columbus, Parise did almost the same thing. The Wild forward tipped teammate Greg Pateryn's pass over Winnipeg Jets goalie Eric Comrie, putting Minnesota on the board first.
"Fluky, fluky goal," Parise said after the game.
But the similarities didn't end there. Parise and DeBrusk each scored twice and helped his respective team to a four-goal victory.
NHL.com Correspondents Jessi Pierce and Craig Merz contributed to this report.