Only twelve times prior to this evening in the long, illustrious history of the National Hockey League has a goaltender been credited with a goal. Ron Hextall and Martin Brodeur were the only goaltenders with multiple goals through their career, tied at two each. The thirteenth goalie goal in NHL history has broken the tie – Martin Brodeur stands alone as the only goaltender to score three goals in his career. What’s more, the goal this evening was a Power Play Goal.
The Hurricane’s Patrick Dwyer was hooked as he was heading in to the New Jersey zone, and on the delayed call, Carolina goaltender Dan Ellis headed toward the bench in favor of an extra skater. As he was skating off, Jordan Staal attempted to pass the puck to defenseman Tim Gleason, who missed the pass, which then careened off of the boards and into the empty Carolina net. Having been the last Devil to touch the puck, the goal was credited to Brodeur.
No, it’s certainly not often that you see a goalie credited with a goal in a game, but more often than not, it’s number 30 for the New Jersey Devils. Congrats, Marty!