March 22, 2013
Martin Brodeur's Historic Goal
If you ask any goalie what he wants more than anything in any given game, it is a lead to work with. Martin Brodeur took that into his own hands on Thursday night when he scored his third career goal. It was the first time in NHL history that a goaltender scored the first goal of the game!
Here's the video. As you can see, Marty gets a lucky bounce:
Here's some random Brodeur trivia for you:
Martin Brodeur's scoring stats: 1205 games: 2 goals, 41 assists. Add 1 goal and 12 assists in 428 Stanley Cup playoff games.
He now has more goals than 2128 NHL skaters in NHL history (plus all 628 NHL goalies, of course!)
Other NHL goalies to score: Billy Smith, Ron Hextall (twice), Chris Osgood, Damian Rhodes, Jose Theodore, Evgeni Nabokov, Mika Noronen, Chris Mason, and Cam Ward. Both of Hextall's goals were actually shot attempts. Same goes for Osgood, Theodore, Nabokov and Brodeur's first goal. The others were all accidental "own goals" by the other team.
Interestingly, Martin Brodeur is not the highest scoring goaltender of all time. Tom Barrasso has 48 points, followed by Grant Fuhr with 46 and Patrick Roy with 45. All of their points were assists.
That might be the only NHL goaltending record Martin Brodeur does not own - yet.