Mike Smith became only the 11th goalie in NHL history to score a goal Saturday night launching the puck high over everyone's head; the puck entered the net with .1 seconds left. To watch click here
It capped a big 5-2 win over the Detroit Redwings for the Phoenix Coyotes and a solid performance by Smith who made 31 of 33 saves and was the game's first star.
It was not the first time Smitty had scored a goal. Remarkably, he scored in his pro debut as a 20 year old playing for Lexington in the ECHL. Holding onto a 1-0 shutout, Mike scored to make it 2-0. In doing so, he became the only goalie to ever get a shutout and a goal in the same game and the youngest goalie to ever score a goal. It was a fitting start to a pro season that has seen him go from a late round draft pick of the Dallas Stars to recently signing a 5 year, 6 million dollar deal cementing him as a bonafide NHL starter.
Mike took to puckhandling as a teenager. Jon Elkin, realizing the advantage that a strong puckhandling goalie could give a team, designed dedicated weekly puckhandling sessions at his summer camps in Toronto. Smitty was the most eager and adept at learning the skills that were taught. The combination of strength and good skating, allowed Mike to excel in this area of his game. Today he is considered the best puckhandling goalie in the NHL.