Here's where it gets good.
Unfortunately, the defenseman failed to grab the pass, which ricocheted off the boards and back into the Hurricanes' empty net.
Not only did the 40-year-old goaltender net his third career goal -- the most ever by a goalie -- it was in his first game since Feb 21. Brodeur had been out with a back injury.
The play put the New Jersey Devils up 1-0 in the first period, and the Devils marched to a 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes.
Brodeur received credit for his first regular-season goal in 2000 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
He also earned a goal during the 1997 playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens.
Ron Hextall, Kings' vice president and assistant general manager and a former goaltender, is the only other person to have scored twice as a goaltender -- once during the regular season and once in the postseason.
[ UPDATED, 8:11 p.m. March 21: Hextall was notoriously competitive and hated to lose. Now that he has lost his share of the record for goals scored, maybe he'll open negotiations for a comeback and try to score that third goal.
Anybody got a phone number for General Manager Dean Lombardi and salary-cap guru Jeff Solomon?
So, what about it, Hexy? Is a comeback in your future?
"Only if I can get a high average annual value from Dean and Solly," he said via email.]