It's not every day that an NHL goaltender scores a goal, and that's what makes it so special.
On November 28, 1979, New York Islanders netminder Billy Smith made NHL history. After Rob Ramage of the Colorado Rockies misplayed the puck and sent an errant pass into his own net, Smith became the first goalie ever to be credited with scoring a goal.
It was eight years later that Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first ever goalie to physically shoot the puck into the opposing team's net.
The odds of such a goal occurring are so slim that when it does, people take notice.
When a goalie shoots the puck, it must possess a certain precision in order to find the opposite net, 200 feet away. This task is particularly difficult considering the puck must miss the goaltender's teammates along with the opposing team's players.
In the event of a goalie being credited when his opponent fires it into their own net, the play is usually so fluky and lucky (or unlucky) that it makes highlights. With the other team's extra attacker, pressure is so high on the goalie that it takes a massive blunder from an attacking player to score on his own net from the length of the rink.
In all, goalies have scored by physically shooting the puck a total of six times. Another six goaltender goals have been the result of another team's own-goal.
Oddly enough, the New Jersey Devils (formerly the Colorado Rockies) organization has been involved in five of the 12 NHL games where a goalie has scored.
So where does each goal rank among the best ever? Here is a ranking of every NHL goal ever scored by a goaltender with included video.