Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ranking The Seven True Goalie Goals

According to NHL records, 11 goalies have scored 14 goals in the NHL. Of those 14 goals, only 7 have actually been shot into the opposition net. The other 7 have been own goals by players, but credited to goaltenders under NHL Rule 78.4 in which "a goal shall be scored if the puck is put into the goal in any way by a player of the defending side. The player of the attacking side who last touched the puck shall be credited with the goal but no assist shall be awarded." In these cases, the goalie's made the save and an opponents shot the puck the length of the ice into their own net, usually on a delayed penalty or with an extra attacker on the ice. In our minds, these aren't true goalie goals. Do you really think Cam Ward brags about that time he scored a goal when Ilya Kovalchuk shot the puck into his own net? Probably not.

With that said, let's countdown the 7 goalie goals scored:

#7: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Vancouver Canucks (March 10, 2002)

Evgeni Nabokov is the only non-Canadian goalie to score a goalie goal by shooting it down the ice and also the only goalie to do so while on the powerplay. Nabokov's goal looks a lot different than others because the other 5 goalies were clearly thinking of shooting to score before the puck even got to them. In Nabby's case, it almost looks like he was expecting the Shark's defenceman to take the puck and then is just like "oh, shit" before saucing it to the other blueline and into the net.

#6: Chris Osgood vs. Hartford Whalers (March 6, 1996)

Chris Osgood scored his goal with some nice sauce after handling a dump-in to the left of his crease. With plenty of time to settle the puck, Osgood doesn't even look down ice before shooting and almost takes his defenceman's head off on the clearing. The puck slides gingerly into the net as Bob Errey hustles to make sure if it goes wide he can pad his stats. Not a bad moment for the little guy with a bad bucket.

#5: Ron Hextall vs. Washington Capitals (April 11, 1989)

The first playoff goalie goal is pretty impressive as Hextall corrals a hard dump in before shooting it the length of the ice into the net for a shorthanded goal. Not to take anything away from Hextall on this goal, but the Capitals were on the powerplay and gave him all the time in the world to shoot. You may have noticed how the Flyers d-man passes the puck back to Hextall at the beginning of the clip; that just speaks to how well of a puck handler he was so why the weak forecheck on a guy who already has 1 career goalie goal on his resume? Probably because Hextall didn't like anyone near him.

#4: Martin Brodeur vs. Montreal Canadiens (April 17, 1997)

Marty Brodeur has 3 goals to his name, but this is the only one he shot into the opposing net. In the first game of the Devils playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, Brodeur gets the puck behind the net off a dump-in and almost puts it on Mark Recchi's stick as he loads up for the shot. It's not a perfect sauce, but the puck lands just past centre and rests flat as it continues its way to the back of the net. Some of the Habs players took offence to the goal and a scrum developed leaving poor Marty to celebrate by himself.

#3: Jose Theodore vs. New York Islanders (January 2, 2001)

Jose Theodore is the only goalie to score on his backhand and he gets the most height on his shot than all the other goalies. In fact, the puck goes so high you can count the roughly 1,000 fans in attendance at Nassau Coliseum. On top of his goal, Theodore also posted a 32 save shutout that night and is the only goalie to score a goal via shot and earn a shutout.

#2: Mike Smith vs. Detroit Red Wings (October 19, 2013)

Mike Smith potted his goal with 0.1 seconds left on the clock for arguably the most dramatic goalie goal given the time remaining. Smith's goal gets a big assist from Mikael Samuelsson of the Red Wings for dumping the puck right to him, but the rest is pure skill. From catching the puck with 5.5 seconds left and getting it off his stick within a single second, Smith's goal is quite incredible considering how fast he got that puck 172 feet down the ice. Definitely worthy of a bobblehead night

#1: Ron Hextall vs. Boston Bruins (December 8, 1987)

The first goalie goal via shot is a historic one and an absolute rifle. In a bit of foreshadowing the announcer is talking about how Hextall could become the first to shoot one in and voila - he buries it. After what looks like an attempt 10 seconds earlier, Hextall gets the puck again on his stick after a dump-in and has even more time to aim and fire the puck into Bruins net. It was a historic goal that deserved a different kind of bench-clearing for the Flyers as they swarmed Hextall for his remarkable feat. Potentially the best goalie goal until someone goes bardown from their own crease.


  1. Nice post
    I played with a goalie a few years ago and he scored a goal and our team went nuts.

  2. Dude, trigger warning on that first Hextall replay. I opened this link for some light hearted goalie goals, not to hear Dave Poulin's name and reopen those fresh scars.


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