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Coyotes' Smith becomes 11th goalie to score

Sunday, 10.20.2013 / 12:05 AM / News

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Coyotes' Smith becomes 11th goalie to score
Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes scored the 14th goal credited to an NHL goaltender in his team's 5-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes scored the 14th goal credited to an NHL goaltender when he shot the puck into the net an instant before the final horn of his team's 5-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Smith shot the puck down the ice and it crossed the goal line with :00.1 remaining on the clock. He made 31 saves as the Coyotes rallied from trailing 2-0.

"Obviously I’m thrilled with the way we played," he said. "It's just a bonus to be able to score a goal.

"Everything has to work right and the clock has to slow down at the right time of the game to let it trickle in over the line."

Smith is the 11th goaltender to be credited with a goal in the regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs. Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils is tops with three; Ron Hextall had two while playing with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Brodeur was the previous goaltender credited with a goal when he was the last player to touch the puck before Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes backpassed it into his own net March 21, 2013.

GOALS BY NHL GOALTENDERS
REGULAR SEASON DATE OPPONENT
Billy Smith, NYI Nov. 28, 1979 at Colorado NYI 4 @ COL 7 WATCH
Ron Hextall, PHI Dec. 8, 1987 vs Boston BOS 2 @ PHI 5 WATCH
Chris Osgood, DET Mar. 6, 1996 at Hartford DET 4 @ HFD 2 WATCH
Damian Rhodes, OTT Jan. 2, 1999 vs New Jersey NJ 0 @ OTT 6
Martin Brodeur, NJD Feb. 15, 2000 vs Philadelphia PHI 2 @ NJ 4
Jose Theodore, MTL Jan. 2, 2001 at NY Islanders MTL 3 @ NYI 0
Evgeni Nabokov, SJS Mar. 10, 2002 at Vancouver SJ 7 @ VAN 4 (PPG)
Mika Noronen, BUF Feb. 14, 2004 at Toronto BUF 6 @ TOR 4
Chris Mason, NSH Apr. 15, 2006 vs Phoenix PHO 1 @ NSH 5 WATCH
Cam Ward, CAR Dec. 26, 2011 vs New Jersey NJ 2 @ CAR 4 WATCH
Martin Brodeur, NJD Mar. 21, 2013 at Carolina NJD 4 @ CAR 1 (PPG) WATCH
Mike Smith, PHX Oct. 19, 2013 vs Detroit DET 2 @ PHX 5 WATCH
PLAYOFFS
Ron Hextall, Phi. Apr. 11, 1989 at Washington PHI 8 @ WAS 5 WATCH
Martin Brodeur, N.J. Apr. 17, 1997 vs Montreal MTL 2 @ NJ 5
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