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Non-goal scorer Matt Martin scored one of the most impossible goals in NHL history

March 05, 2021

In 715 NHL games, New York Islanders forward Matt Martin has just 65 goals, and only once in 12 NHL seasons has he scored 10 or more. Putting the puck in the net is not his area of expertise. He knows his role—hitting people—and he executes it, routinely finishing in the top 10 in the NHL in hits.

On Thursday night, though, Martin put on his Alex Ovechkin hat for a brief moment in the Isles' 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Late in the first period, Martin corraled the puck near the left boards in the Buffalo zone. Noticing he had time and space, he took a shot from one of the most impossible angles you'll ever see - behind the net in the left corner. That's when an act of God occurred: 

Another angle shows that Martin literally shot this from above the "G" in Geico. It's bananaland: 

Considering where this was shot from, and the person shooting it, this is in the conversation for most impossible/improbable goals ever scored in the history of the NHL hockey league. Incredibly, it wasn't Martin's last of the game either: 

Martin's two-goal night gives him four goals on the year, which gives him as many as (checks notes) Evgeni Malkin, Jamie Benn and No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere, and two more than former No. 2 pick Jack Eichel. Not bad company for a non-goal scorer.