Cole’s hat trick not as fast as Beliveau’s rule changer in 1955
Erik Cole’s hat trick in 5:41 on Friday night wasn’t even close to a Montreal record. Jean Beliveau scored Montreal’s fastest hat trick in 44 seconds on one power play on Nov. 5, 1955. That was when the full penalty had to be served. The next season the NHL changed the rule to allow the penalized player to return after one goal had been scored. Only Montreal opposed the rule change. Chicago Blackhawk Bill Mosienko scored the NHL’s fastest hat trick in 1952: 21 seconds.