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Late-night video: Phoenix goalie Smith does one better than most Sabres by scoring a goal

By Mike Harrington

Click above to see a pretty rare video -- a goaltender shooting the puck into the opposite net to score. It happened late Saturday night in Phoenix as Coyotes netminder Mike Smith tallied into the empty Detroit net with one-tenth of a second left for the final goal in a 5-2 victory.

Smith is the 14th goalie to score in an NHL game and the seventh to do it by actually shooting the puck into the goal.

So to put it in perspective that Sabres fans can understand, Smith has more goals this season than names such as Steve Ott, Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers and Mikhail Grigorenko, and the same number as Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Brian Flynn. Great.

One of the goalie goals, the only one by a Sabre, was by Mika Norenen in Toronto in 2004. Here's the video of that one. It was an "own-goal" with Norenen getting credit as the last Sabre to touch the puck.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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