New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has seen more than his share of success between the pipes during his brilliant 20-year career. He holds countless NHL records, including most games played by a goaltender, most career wins and most career shutouts. In other words, he’s probably the greatest to ever play the position.
As of last night, he also holds the bizarre distinction of being the highest-scoring goalie in NHL history.
On a play that will live forever via blooper reels, Brodeur registered his third career goal. He didn’t stickhandle through the defense and snap the puck into the top corner. He didn’t even lob a long shot down the ice and into an empty net with seconds remaining in the game, as he has before. This time, all he did was make a save.
His opponents did the rest.
Let’s take you to the tape:
Confused about what happened? The Devils took a penalty, so Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Dan Ellis left the ice in order to allow an extra attacker to join the play. Unfortunately, a really bad back-pass from a Hurricane’s forward traveled the full length of ice and ended up in the Hurricanes’ empty net. Since Brodeur was the last Devils player to touch the puck, he gets credit for the goal.
“When the puck went in the net, I was like, ‘Whoa, what happened there?’,” Brodeur said after the game.
“I didn’t even know we had a delayed penalty or anything. So it was a little surprising, and then [Ilya Kovalchuk] said, ‘You scored the goal!’ With a Russian accent, too.”
The Devils went on the win the game 4-1.
Ron Hextall is the only other NHL goalie with more than one goal. Nine others have scored a single goal.