The Vancouver Canucks were all decked out in the old-school maroon and cream Vancouver Millionaires sweaters, saluting a whole century of hockey in the city, when they faced the Detroit Red Wings last night in the late-night game of Hockey Night in Canada. The team lineups were still being flashed on screen, though, when a new record was set.
Off the faceoff, Alex Edler got the puck and sent it up into the offensive zone, where Henrik Sedin intercepted it. With Alex Burrows off to his left, he passed it and Burrows let it rip right away, eluding Detroit’s Jimmy Howard with the game clock reading just six seconds.
That goal set a franchise record for the fastest goal scored. Check it out below:
Unfortunately for the Canucks–or the new-look Millionaires, perhaps–they weren’t able to cash in again until Burrows scored the last goal of the night late in the third period, thereby putting together his first multi-goal game of this season.
By that time, Detroit had scored five goals, including one that needed to be reviewed before being officially deemed good. The 5-2 loss was Roberto Luongo‘s first home loss in regulation this season.
The tributes to the Millionaires were neat, though, despite the final score not being to Vancouver’s liking. It’s always fun to see NHL teams honor their pasts, though the Millionaires played in the PCHA and later the WCHL and won the Stanley Cup in 1915. The game programs given to fans were even done in old-school style with fancy fonts, Millionaires colors and a look back at the old team as well as the women’s Vancouver Amazons.
By the way, those Millionaires throwbacks got some praise from the prime minister of Canada himself. No, really!
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) March 17, 2013