It may be that Martin Brodeur has no idea that he tied an NHL record when he recorded his fourth assist of the 2011-12 season on Feb. 5. Brodeur flipped a puck high up and down the ice to David Clarkson and Clarkson flipped it into the empty net.
Pittsburgh had pulled Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra-attacker and the goal sealed a 5-2 New Jersey Devils home-ice win over the Penguins. New Jersey fans got to see the assist propel Brodeur into a tie with retired Edmonton Oiler great Grant Fuhr for the most NHL points scored by a goalie with one franchise.
Brodeur and Fuhr: most points, one team
Adding up his regular season points along with his Stanley Cup playoff points, Fuhr has 48, all assists, as a member of the Oilers. The 39-year-old Brodeur now has 48 points, too, all with New Jersey, (2 goals, 46 assists). In third place on the list of points scored by a goalie with one franchise is Mike Vernon, who had 37 assists when with the Calgary Flames.
Fuhr went on to get 12 more NHL assists, with the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and the St. Louis Blues (he played briefly in L.A. and Calgary but did not record a point with either team). Vernon scored a total of 5 more points with 3 teams, the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and the Florida Panthers.
Brodeur and Hextall: NHL goalie goal scorers
Ron Hextall and Brodeur are the only two NHL goalies to score twice, both scored one goal in the regular season and one in Stanley Cup playoff hockey. Overall, Brodeur is the fourth highest point scoring goalie in the league, his 48 points have him behind Fuhr (60), Patrick Roy (56) and Tom Barrasso (55); Vernon is fifth all-time with 42 points. When it comes to points only in regular season, Barrasso leads there with 48.
Ten goalies have scored in the NHL, all by either shooting the puck into an empty net or being the last to touch the puck prior to an own goal. Besides Brodeur and Hextall Billy Smith, Chris Osgood, Damien Rhodes, Jose Theodore, Evgeni Nabokov, Mika Noronen, Chris Mason and, in the first half of this season, Cam Ward, have all scored an NHL goal.
Brodeur is the only one to record a game winning goal (GWG).