How you know your team has scored consecutive goals rather quickly: When you can hear the goal horn for Goal No. 2 as the TV booth is still dissecting Goal No. 1:
This happened in Thursday night's Abbotsford Heat victory over the Toronto Marlies in the AHL, as the Calgary Flames affiliate scored twice in three seconds to set a North American professional hockey record. The previous AHL mark was five seconds; the NHL record is four seconds, which was matched by multiple teams.
Steve McCarthy's highlight reel goal gave the Heat a 1-0 lead at 4:28 of the third period. Then, as the TV booth was literally looking at the highlight reel, Ben Street shot the puck from center ice and somehow beat Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens at 4:31 to set the record -- and, in the process, the two fastest short-handed goals in North American hockey history.
(UPDATE: The ECHL doth protest! The league reached out to us with this message: "ECHL record for two fastest goals also 3 seconds - Roanoke Valley vs. Hampton Roads, 1/22/93. Goals at 10:35 and 10:38 of 1st period.")
Alas, the second goal happened so fast there's apparently no video of it. So we'll rely on Street to break it down; from the Canadian Press:
"(Assistant coach) Cail MacLean told me they would probably go forward off the draw, so I figured there was no use trying to win it back," said Street.
"I tried to go forward myself and got pretty good wood on it. I got it high enough that he didn't pick up on it. I picked the right club, I guess."
We assume he means golf club, and not attempting the shot against an affiliate of the Leafs.