Veteran New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur regularly robs his opponents of scoring opportunities and shuts down rival offenses night-in, night out. What he doesn't do very often is score goals. But on Thursday night, the 40-year-old Brodeur was credited with a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in a very odd play.
Just four minutes into the first period, Brodeur stopped a scoring attempt from a Carolina player, but not before that player drew a delayed penalty. On the other end of the ice, Carolina Hurricanes goalie Dan Ellis went to the bench for an extra attacker. But then things quickly unravelled.
Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal botched a pass to the blue line and the puck trickled down the ice for a goal. Brodeur, as the last New Jersey player to touch the puck got credit for the goal. Brodeur and the Devils would go on to win the game 4-1.
The goal was actually Brodeur's third of his career and marked a good night for the Devils netminder, who was returning from a minor back injury.
"If he would’ve got in a fight, he would’ve done a little bit of everything for us,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer quipped to the Associated Press.
Watch NHL.com's recap of all three of Brodeur's goal below:
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