from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out,
But it was Béliveau’s second three-goal performance, on his first of three career four-goal nights, that might have been his most important. He scored three times on Boston Bruins goaler Terry Sawchuk in a span of 44 seconds on Nov. 5, 1955, all during the same Montreal power play.
It remains the second-fastest hat trick scored in NHL history, though more than double the 21 seconds it took Chicago’s Bill Mosienko on March 23, 1952 against the New York Rangers.
The NHL would attempt to disable the Canadiens’ fearsome power play at the end of the 1955-56 season. Imagine – Doug Harvey and Geoffrion on the points, Béliveau, Richard and Bert Olmstead scoring almost at will up front.
So the league proposed a rule for the 1956-57 season that would release a minor-penalized player from the box should a goal be scored by the team with the man advantage. It passed with a 5-1 vote in the six-club NHL; only the Canadiens opposed it.