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Video: Phoenix goalie Smith scores empty net goal

Oct 19, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

Coyotes netminder Mike Smith put his name in the record books on Saturday, scoring the fifth and final goal in a 5-2 win over Detroit.

“I knew there was not a lot of time left,” Smith said following the contest, as per the L.A. Times. “I didn’t think it had the legs to get there. But just adds to the win.”

With the goal, Smith becomes the first goalie this season to score and just the third in the last three years, joining Carolina’s Cam Ward (2011-12) and New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur (2013):

The goal capped off a stellar evening for Smith, who stopped 31 of 33 shots to help Phoenix move to 5-2-2 on the year.

There have only been four goalies that’ve scored goals since the lost season of 2004-05: Smith, Brodeur, Ward and Nashville’s Chris Mason.

  1. sjsharks66 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Hasn’t MAF scored an empty net goal since 2004 also?

    • bobhpine - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      When do you guys think Claude Giroux will catch Mike Smith in goals race since he’s behind with 10% done.

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Maybe not, he has shot at a few forgot if he has made one or not. Crazy goal by smith.

  3. drdoomkaiser - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    As a avalanche fan I would to say thank you Phoenix coyotes

  4. 950003cups - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Loved it!!

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    He’s always been great handling the puck, he was bound to get one eventually. Awesome stuff.

  6. Martin Ericsson - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    When was the last time a goalie actually SOCRED a goal? Both Ward’s and Brodeur’s were own goals, weren’t they?

    • Martin Ericsson - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM


    • Mike Halford - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Pretty much, yeah. I believe the last one to actually “score” was Jose Theodore:

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Actually Nabokov was the last goalie to score with a shot on goal. March 10,2002… Theodore’s was Jan 2, 2001.

  7. mclovinhockey - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    The guy always reminded me of Ron Hextall. Now he has a goal to his name.
    And yes the others were own goals, Smith was the only one who scored.

  8. hazlydose - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    And Mike Smith now has a lead on Claude Giroux for the Rocket Richard…

  9. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Way to go Smitty!!

    14th goal by a goalie, but only the 6th goalie to score with a shot on goal.

    – Hextall scored the first two. ’87 vs Boston & ’89 vs the Caps.
    – Osgood got one in ’96 vs Hartford
    – Brodeur got his 1st in ’97 vs Montreal.
    – Theodore got one in ’01 vs the Islanders.
    – Nabokov got one in ’02 vs Vancouver
    – and now Smith is the 6th goalie.

    Pretty good group of goalies to be a part of!

  10. timdtl - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Let’s not mention the fact that he faked an injury that took away a goal from the red wings when he was laying on the ice with a sore vagina.

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