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Feb. 15, 1953

As hot starts go, five goals in the first period has some serious sizzle.

Of course, after going up 5-1 after 20 minutes, the Bruins ended up fending off the New York Rangers for a 5-4 win at the Garden – Boston’s, that is.

And make that the last-place, 11-21-16 New York Rangers. Nearly blowing a four-goal lead against a last-place club takes some luster off that first period.

Still, it’s worth noting that Fleming MacKell made it 1-0 after nine seconds. New York’s Leo Reise tied it at 1:51, before Jerry Toppazzini, Ed Sandford, Hal Laycoe and Jack McIntyre built the four=goal lead that the Rangers couldn’t quite wipe away.

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