Some say you have to be good to be lucky, and perhaps no one demonstrated that better than Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, appearing in his 1,200th game for New Jersey on Saturday against the Penguins.
Brodeur went to retrieve his stick in the second period after Travis Zajac cleared the zone during a dangerous Pittsburgh power play. Across the ice, however, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury noticed the empty net and quickly fired the puck back up to teammate Evgeni Malkin. Malkin took a shot from the blue line, but the puck ricocheted off the post and deflected off of the skate of Brodeur, who was racing back to defend the net.
The 40-year-old goalie, completely off-balanced, tried to keep himself from accidentally tapping the puck into his own net as it slid alone the goal line. While it eventually made its way out of the crease, Brodeur clumsily fell onto the ice.
The refs stopped the play due an offsides penalty, according to Sean Gentille of Sporting News. One of the announcers said it wouldn't have counted if the puck had gone int, "but it sure was fun to watch." The Devils went on to win 3-1.
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