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Martin Brodeur scores goal, sort of

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New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur was credited for a goal on a Carolina misplay.

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Early in the first period of the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey's Marek Zidlicky took a penalty, but the Hurricanes had the puck so play wasn't stopped right away. Carolina goaltender Dan Ellis left the net for an extra attacker.

Martin Brodeur made a save, but the Hurricanes recovered the puck. And then ... disaster. Or hilarity, depending on your perspective. Carolina's Jordan Staal passed the puck off the boards -- and straight into his own net!

Brodeur, as the last Devil on the ice to touch the puck, got credit for the goal. It was the third of his career.

So, if you're keeping score, that's one goal for Martin Brodeur, still zero goals for San Jose's Ryane Clowe.

In a fun bit of coincidence, Carolina's Cam Ward was credited with a similar goal against the Devils last season.

In his first game back for New Jersey after a nagging injury, Brodeur has been the best Devil on the ice early on. He made nine saves in addition to his fluke goal in the first eight minutes of the game.

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