March 21, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) skates a before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Brodeur Leads the New Jersey Devils Passed Carolina, In More Than One Way


March 21, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) passes the puck up the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Brodeur, known as one of the best goaltenders in the NHL, wowed every hockey viewer when they saw his name on the score sheet. The first thing I thought when I saw it was Ron Hextall. During the 1987-88 season, Hextall scored a goal that I think everyone remembers watching. In the postseason after the 1988-89 season Hextall scored another goal. This link will lead you to a narrated video (narrated by Wayne Gretzky) showing Hextall’s two career goals. Sadly, Brodeur’s goal was not a unique as Hextall’s. At the 3:54 mark in the first period, Marek Zidlicky drew a penalty, and as the Hurricanes pushed towards the net with six players, Brodeur made a simple save. As the rebound went into the corner, Jordan Staal gained possession of the puck. He passed it to the blue line, and the pass didn’t connect so the puck bounced off the boards and trickled into the empty Carolina net. This marked the second goal Brodeur has scored without actually shooting the puck.

Quick Notes:

Martin Brodeur has more goals this season than 220 NHL players who take multiple shots on net every game. This includes Tanner Glass (Pittsburgh- 31 games), Keith Ballard (Vancouver- 24 games), and Ladislav Smid (Edmonton- 29 games).

This was Brodeur’s first game back after missing 13 games with an injured back.

Defensive Play:

Brodeur didn’t only put the first goal on the board, but he almost completed what would have been a perfect game. Jeff Skinner rifled a shot passed him at the 11:27 mark in the third period. He saved 17 of 18

total Carolina shots and stopped three power plays and letting in Skinner’s power play goal. Brodeur’s save percentage on the night was .944.

Martin Brodeur is now the first goaltender to score three goals in a career. It’s tough to imagine anyone else, especially in this style of fast play getting a goal the old fashioned way like Mr. Hextall, but anything is possible. Just look at Brodeur’s goal from Thursday night. The New Jersey Devils aren’t just celebrating this milestone for Marty, but they are also celebrating their newest player, Matt D’Agostini from the St. Louis Blues.

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