PHOENIX - Does the NHL schedule for Monday night feature the Coyotes hosting the Calgary Flames? Yes. Is anybody really talking about the most recent game? Absolutely not.
Not when the ‘Yotes just swept the season series from the Detroit Red Wings. Right? Actually, no (again).
So, what are fans still buzzing about? How ‘bout a Coyotes player making headlines and history. When something happens for only the 14
th time in the existence of the NHL, well, it tends to generate chatter.
When only 11 players ever can list such as accomplishment on their Wikipedia page, well, it does become quite the topic of conversation. Empty-net or not.
"It's been an exciting couple days obviously," said Mike Smith. "To be able to score is just a bonus. But I've gotten a lot of text messages and phone calls from friends and family and ex-players, just supporting me and giving me the gears a little bit. It's been a fun couple of days."
That's right, the goalie Mike Smith didn't just stop 31 shot; he lit the lamp with a shot of his own. In the closing seconds, he wristed a shot from his own crease and officially became the seventh goalie ever to shoot the puck into the net.
In the history of the NHL, there have been a grand total of 14 goals credited to goalies. Research also reminds us that only 11 different goalies have ever scored (Martin Brodeur has 3 goals).
"(He has received) lots of accolades for the goal and deservedly so," said Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett. "But he was a real good player to keep us in the game."
Sometimes, NHL hockey in October can be easy to forget, but not when a player puts the "goal" into goalie.