On Saturday, Oct. 19, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith became only the 11th goaltender in NHL history to score a goal courtesy of notching an empty-netter against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Red Wings, down by two goals with time running out, had its goalie pulled, and with 5 seconds remaining, Smith took aim and guided the puck into the opposing net with only one-tenth of a second remaining on the clock, more than sealing a 5-2 Phoenix victory.
Said Smith afterward about his sudden sniping skills: “The guys were in my face, so I didn’t actually see it until I saw a replay,” adding,”I do shoot the puck quite often in practice, but an awful lot of things have to go right for that to happen. I was able to score in the ECHL my first year as a pro and it was the same thing. Everything has to work right and the clock has to slow down at the right time to let it trickle over the line. It was just a bonus to a great win.”
When the Coyotes host the Washington Capitals at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday, Nov. 9, the first 10,000 fans will be the lucky recipients of a Mike Smith bobblehead. To promote the upcoming bobblehead giveaway and simultaneously celebrate Smith’s empty-netter a few weeks ago, the Coyotes put together a clever stop-motion animation video utilizing bobbleheads to re-create Smith’s goal.
But first, here’s Smith’s goal:
And the Mike Smith Bobblehead Night promo:
Fantastic. As always, bobbleheads make everything better.