October 21, 2013 by andymisek
Saturday night, Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith scored a buzzer beater goal with .01 seconds left in their 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Smith is pretty good at playing the puck, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he was able to score on the empty net.
Smith will go down in history on a very short list of goaltenders who have scored goals. It’s pretty rare that a goalie scores; the last to do so was Martin Brodeur on March 21st 2013 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He didn’t shoot the puck, but he was the last to touch the puck when Jordan Staal‘s arid pass went into his own net.
That was Brodeur’s third goal in his career. The first he shot the puck himself:
The 2nd he didn’t:
Martin Brodeur wasn’t the only goalie to pot multiple goals. Ron Hextall did so for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is also known as the first goalie to shoot the puck himself and score:
His 2nd being in the playoffs. Hextall was the first goalie to score in the playoffs:
The first goalie in NHL history to ever score a goal was Billy Smith of the New York Islanders on November 28th 1979 vs the Colorado Rockies:
Chris Osgood, Damian Rhodes, Jose Theodore, Evgeni Nabokov, Mika Noronen, Chris Mason, and Cam Ward round out the list of goalies who have scored goals in the NHL. Congrats to Mike Smith on joining a very select group of goalies.