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Yes there is a difference, this reference may be a bit outdated, but a valid source., enjoy ;)

• The beginning of every period sees a lower number of goals than any

other, of the even-strength or power play variety. This can be explained

by the nature of the game; the first event to occur is a faceoff at center

ice, which is near neither team’s goal, making a goal less likely to occur.

• The number of power play goals scored at the beginning of a period

is lower than for any other minute, most dramatically in the opening

two minutes of the game. Since most penalties incurred are two minutes

long, the initial shortfall is likely due to the lack of penalties called before

the beginning of the first period, a situation not true of the second or

third periods. The lower totals there are more readily explained by the initial seconds “lost” by each team after the center-ice faceoff to begin

the period.

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