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Watch Devils goalie Martin Brodeur score third career goal [Video]

March 21, 2013|By Matt Wilhalme and Helene Elliott

Martin Brodeur has become the first goaltender in NHL history to be credited with two goals during games in the regular season, according to NHL.com.

The Carolina Hurricanes were in a penalty-kill situation when the New Jersey Devils were called for a delayed penalty, prompting Dan Ellis to abandon the Hurricanes' goal.

Here's where it gets good.

Brodeur deflected a Patrick Dwyer shot on goal, which Carolina's Jordan Staal collected before sending a pass across the ice backward to Tim Gleason.

Unfortunately, the defenseman failed to grab the pass, which ricocheted off the boards and back into the Hurricanes' empty net.

Not only did the 40-year-old goaltender net his third career goal -- the most ever by a goalie -- it was in his first game since Feb 21. Brodeur had been out with a back injury.

The play put the New Jersey Devils up 1-0 in the first period, and the Devils marched to a 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes.

Brodeur received credit for his first regular-season goal in 2000 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

He also earned a goal during the 1997 playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens.

Ron Hextall, Kings' vice president and assistant general manager and a former goaltender, is the only other person to have scored twice as a goaltender -- once during the regular season and once in the postseason.

[ UPDATED, 8:11 p.m. March 21: Hextall was notoriously competitive and hated to lose. Now that he has lost his share of the record for goals scored, maybe he'll open negotiations for a comeback and try to score that third goal.

Anybody got a phone number for General Manager Dean Lombardi and salary-cap guru Jeff Solomon?

So, what about it, Hexy? Is a comeback in your future? 

"Only if I can get a high average annual value from Dean and Solly," he said via email.]

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