Mikael Granlund scored a goal last night faster than you were able to read this sentence.
Granlund, a Finnish-born center for the Minnesota Wild, needed just two seconds to score an empty-net goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. That ties him for the all-time NHL record for fastest goal. Given all that went right for Granlund to score this quickly, it's hard to see how this record could ever be broken.
With the Wild leading 3-1 and about 15 seconds left in the game, Boone Jenner scored for Columbus, bringing the score to 3-2. In desperation, the Blue Jackets pulled their goalie before the resulting faceoff even took place. Enter Granlund, 23, who had previously been in a scoring slump, and had just three goals through 38 games all year.
Both players bit at the faceoff, but they canceled each other out, and the puck barely moved. Granlund snapped at it, his instinctive shot sending the puck straight down the ice ... and right into the NHL record books.
The two-second gap between goals ties a record that dates back to 1987, when players for the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins combined to set the mark, according to NHL.com
"I've never seen anything like it," said Columbus captain Nick Foligno.
Neither has anyone else, Nick.
The Wild's 4-2 win was mostly made by Zach Parise's hat trick, his second this year, with one of the goals set up by an ice-splitting pass from Granlund.
But Mikael Granlund's night, and perhaps his year, will be remembered for this historic goal.
If he keeps up this pace, Granlund will finish the year with an NHL record 77,404 goals.