Devils G Brodeur credited with goal in return

New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur was credited with his third NHL

goal when Carolina’s Jordan Staal accidently put the puck in his

own empty net.

Brodeur returned to the lineup on Thursday night. He had been

out since Feb. 21 with a pinched nerve in his back and neck.

With a delayed penalty call pending against New Jersey’s Marek

Zidlicky, Staal passed the puck back to the point from behind the

net.

The pass missed intended target Tim Gleason and bounced off the

boards near center ice. Carolina goalie Dan Ellis had already

skated toward the bench because of the delayed penalty and couldn’t

get back in time to prevent the puck from sliding into the net.

Because he was the last Devils player to touch the puck, Brodeur

got credit for a power-play goal.