Coyotes' Smith becomes 11th NHL goalie to score goal
OCT 19, 2013 10:00p ET
With about 5 seconds on the clock, Smith gloved a shot from just inside the blue line by Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson. He quickly dropped it and launched it down the ice, and with Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard on the bench for an extra attacker, it slid across the goal line just before the final horn.
It was the first career goal for Smith, known as one of the better puck-handling netminders in the league, and just the seventh to be shot into the net by a goaltender. The other goals were all own goals that were credited to the opposing goalie by virtue of being the last player to touch the puck.
It was the first score by a goalie since last season, when the Devils' Martin Brodeur scored on March 23 against the Hurricanes, and the first to be shot in by a netminder since Evgeni Nabokov did it for the Sharks against the Canucks in 2002.
Brodeur has scored three times, making him the all-time leader among goalies. The only other goaltender with more than one is Ron Hextall, who scored twice (in 1987 and '89) while with the Flyers. Brodeur and Hextall are the only ones to score in the playoffs.