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Happy 10th birthday to the best penalty kill in NHL history

Not one, not two, but three!

Carolina Hurricanes v Boston Bruins Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

10 years ago this afternoon, the Bruins had the most productive penalty kill in NHL history.

Generally, when a team takes a penalty, the objective is to keep the puck out of their own net. The goal isn’t really to score, but instead to not get scored on.

A decade ago today, Matt Hunwick took a seemingly benign penalty toward the end of the first period of a scoreless game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Rather than sit back and kill the penalty, the Bruins decided to go on the offensive. They scored a shorthanded goal...then scored another one...then scored another one, to give themselves a 3-0 lead, all on the same penalty kill.


The B’s would end up scoring 3 shorthanded goals in around 90 seconds of game time, all on the same penalty kill.

The goals were scored by Daniel Paille, Blake Wheeler, and Steve Begin, some great names for you on Flashback Friday.

Carolina would score two goals of their own in the second period to make it a 3-2 game, but a Milan Lucic goal ended up giving the Bruins a 4-2 win.

The 2009-2010 season didn’t exactly end on a positive note, but if nothing else, this PK on a random April afternoon was something worth remembering.