Frank and Pete, meet Andrei and Sergei
If the Kostitsyns were jittery leading up to their playoff baptisms, it didn’t show. After Sergei opened the scoring only 34 seconds into the game on his first career NHL postseason shift, his big brother did the same on his inaugural shift only 88 seconds later.
“I wasn’t really nervous at all,” shrugged Sergei after helping the Habs earn a convincing 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 1. “I even told Andrei before the game that I was going to score. And when I did, I came back to the bench and told him that now it was his turn.”
The 21 and 23-year-old siblings also etched their names into the team record book by scoring playoff goals in the same game. Not since Pete and Frank Mahovlich each notched goals in a 6-4 playoff loss to the Rangers on April 14, 1974 at Madison Square Garden had a pair of Habs brothers turned the trick.
The Mahovlich brothers are also the last Canadiens siblings to raise the Stanley Cup together, doing so in the spring of 1973. Make that one more thing on the Kostitsyns’ brotherly to-do list.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com