All on Boston Bruins can score – literally.
The Bruins have been different beasts throughout the year – their 95 points is far from the limit. best record in the leagueand only one team (the Edmonton Oilers) scored more goals than them all year.
But now they have another way to score goals: their own goalkeepers.
With the Vancouver Canucks empty, Linus Ullmark intercepted the puck and pulled the trigger from the opposite side of the ice as Boston led 2-1 in the final minute of regulation.
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He tossed him over everyone’s heads and he slipped into the empty net, giving the Bruins a two-goal lead.
Thirteen goaltenders have scored 16 goals in NHL history; however, this was only the ninth time that a goalkeeper scored with his kick. The remaining seven occurrences occurred in own goals, usually due to erroneous passes with empty nets when the named goaltender was the last player on the scoring team to touch the puck.
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New Jersey Devils Legend Martin Brodeur has scored three times in his career, although only one of them with his shot, while Ron Hextall has done it twice – both times with a direct shot – for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is the only goalkeeper to score multiple goals with his own shot.
This is the first goal the goaltender has scored since Pekka Rinne scored for the Nashville Predators on Jan. 1. September 9, 2020, who also made it to a direct shot.
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With the win, the Bruins went 45-8-5.