Last evening, Phoenix Coyotes netminder Mike Smith became the eleventh goaltender in NHL history to score a goal. Smith’s tally provided the icing on the cake in a come from behind win against the Detroit Red Wings. With the Wings’ goaltender pulled and only one second remaining on the clock, Smith’s long range flip shot crossed the goal line just in time.
Smith is not the only puck stopper in the NHL who has accomplished a 1 under ‘G’ on the stats sheet, however, he’s one of only a handful. Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes are the only other active NHL netminders with a their name on the goalie goals list. Watch Mike Smith become the first NHL goaltender to score this season.
Video courtesy of NHL.com.
Last night’s tally is Smith’s first ever goal in the National Hockey League, but he’s been close before. Check out this video from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Witness the great atmosphere in Phoenix during the playoffs.
The Coyotes entered last night’s 3rd period down 2-1 against recent playoff rivals from Detroit. Two strikes from Mike Ribeiro, sandwiched by a marker from Martin Hanzal blew the Desert Dogs passed the Wings, setting the stage for Smith’s finishing touch.
The Coyotes signed Mike Smith to a contract extension this past offseason worth $34 mil spanned across six seasons. So far, he is earning his money. The Coyotes are off to a great start, looking to rebound from last year’s rare playoff miss. Their record, 5-2-2, spots them tied for second place in a very difficult Pacific Division. Smith has great numbers to begin the campaign. He boasts 4 wins, a 2.83 GAA, and a modestly effective SV% of 0.916. Check out full game highlights here, courtesy of the Phoenix Coyotes official team website.
Mike Smith contract numbers courtesy of Cap Geek.