However, as analytics begin to take over the beautiful game, there is a growing emphasis on players who provide the most goals (both goals and assists combined). In fact, several recent studies have shown that players who score plenty of goals tend to win more games and capture more individual awards than they should based on their statistics.
Some of the top goal scorers in NHL history include Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Joe Sakic, and Alex Ovechkin. Many of these players were also great passers of the puck, which helps explain why they were able to score so much: they had help from teammates who created open ice for them or cleared the front of the net after they scored.
In contrast, players like Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr tended to dominate games with their physical play and don't score enough to be considered great goal scorers.
Finally, some players such as Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos score at a very young age and appear destined to break the all-time goal scoring record before they even reach the end of their careers.
In conclusion, there are many ways to score goals in the NHL, and each player has his/her own reason for being successful.
In basketball, points and assists are different categories; in hockey, goals and assists are combined into a single number, total points. In hockey, the value of goals and assists is equivalent to that of an individual's statistics, underlining how important collaboration is in the game.
Furthermore, while in basketball teams have a limited number of opportunities per game, in ice hockey they can score at any time during the power play or penalty kill. This means that a player who scores or gets scored on often is valuable, especially if he/she does so early in the game when there are less opportunities available.
Finally, coaches select players based on their ability to contribute in different ways, not just by scoring goals or putting up points through assists. A player who can help his team out by creating chances, taking advantage of defensive mistakes, or playing good defense himself is also considered important.
In conclusion, goals and assists are important factors in determining a player's worth in basketball and hockey. However, in order to be effective, a player has to do more than just score or get scores called for them by others; they must also create chances for themselves and their teammates, make decisions about when it is appropriate to shoot and when to pass, and defend against opposing players who may want to take away their opportunity to score.
Hextall remains the only goalkeeper in history to have scored more than one goal on a direct shot on goal. Martin Brodeur is the first goalkeeper to have three goals in a season, two in the regular season and one in the playoffs. His first goal in the NHL came on a straight shot against the Montreal Canadiens.
There's also the incredible achievement of "50 goals in 50 games," which has been accomplished by five different players eight times (three times by Wayne Gretzky). However, one achievement stands beyond all others: a goal scored by the opposition goaltender. Here are the 14 times an NHL goalkeeper has allowed a goal in a game. No. 1 Billy Smith
This article is about goalkeepers who have scored a goal in a soccer game. See List of goaltenders who have scored a goal in an NHL game for a comparable achievement in ice hockey. Rogerio Ceni has scored the most goals of any goalie. Goalkeepers scoring goals are a rather uncommon occurrence in football.