Everyone on the Boston Bruins can literally score.
The Bruins have been a different beast all year: Their 95 points are by far the best mark in the league, and only one team (the Edmonton Oilers) has scored more goals than them all year.
But now, they have another way to score goals: their own goalkeepers.
With the Vancouver Canucks’ net empty, Linus Ullmark handled 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 it over everyone’s heads and it slid into the empty net to give the Bruins a two-goal lead.
Thirteen goaltenders have now been credited with 16 goals in NHL history; however, it was only the ninth time a goalkeeper had scored on his own shot. The other seven instances occurred on own goals, usually via errant passes with an empty net where said goalkeeper was the last player on the scoring team to touch the puck.
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New Jersey Devils legend Martin Brodeur found the net three times in his career, albeit only once on his own shot, while Ron Hextall did it twice, both times on direct shots, with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is the only goalkeeper to have scored multiple goals with his own shot.
It is the first goal scored by a goaltender since Pekka Rinne did it for the Nashville Predators on January 9, 2020, who also did it with a direct kick.
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With the win, the Bruins moved to 45-8-5.