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The goalie shoots ... and scores?

Shane Doan. right, congratulated goalie Mike Smith on his goal.

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Shane Doan. right, congratulated goalie Mike Smith on his goal.

Mike Smith of the Coyotes did something last week that few goalies can ever claim doing but all dream about. Smith’s length-of-the-ice shot found an empty net with one-10th of a second left in Phoenix’s 5-2 win over Detroit, making him just the 11th goalie in NHL history to be credited with a goal.

However, he’s just the sixth to shoot and score. “I don’t know what to say, really,” Smith said that night. The other shoot-and-scorers did:

Ron Hextall, Flyers

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Dec. 8, 1987 vs. Bruins

Finished off a 5-2 win. “I’m thinking about asking the coach to put me on the power play,” he said.

Ron Hextall, Flyers

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April 11, 1989 vs. Capitals

Game 5 of Patrick semifinals. “Yeah, I was going for it ... if it was icing, I didn’t think it would hurt us,” he said.

Chris Osgood, Red Wings

March 6, 1996 vs. Whalers

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Part of a 3-point season for Osgood. “I didn’t look, I just shot it,” he said.

Martin Brodeur, Devils

April 17, 1997 vs. Canadiens

Game 1 of Eastern quarterfinals. “When I shot it, it went over everyone and kind of lost it,” he said.

Jose Theodore, Canadiens

Jan. 2, 2001 vs. Islanders

Got the shutout and final goal. “I clear the puck better with my backhand, and I just gave it a high arch,” he said.

Evgeni Nabokov, Sharks

March 10, 2002 vs. Canucks

First to score a power-play goal. “I’m going to lie if I say it wasn’t exciting,” he said.

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