June 5, 1997 |
Flip-flopping more often than a fish out of water or a goaltender out of position, Philadelphia Flyer Coach Terry Murray will go back to goalie Ron Hextall tonight in an effort to keep the Detroit Red Wings from turning the Stanley Cup finals into a rout. In the latest of a bizarre series of goaltending switches, lineup changes and altered line combinations, Murray said Wednesday he will start Hextall "for the duration. . . . We're going to settle it down."
June 1, 1997 |
Exactly 10 years ago Saturday, Philadelphia Flyer goaltender Ron Hextall gave one of the most valiant performances of his career, losing the decisive game of the Stanley Cup finals but affirming his worthiness as the most valuable player in the playoffs. Back in the finals after a decade-long wait, Hextall was the most vulnerable player in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-2 victory in the series opener.
May 20, 1997 |
As expected, Ron Hextall will replace Garth Snow in goal for the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Madison Square Garden, where Hextall has long been the target of jeers and derisive chants of "Hexxx-tawwl." The change came after Snow gave up five goals on 10 shots Sunday against the New York Rangers. Hextall started one other playoff game this spring, the clincher of the Flyers' second-round series against the Buffalo Sabres.
October 17, 1996 |
Philadelphia's Ron Hextall has scored a goal, the first by a goaltender in NHL history. Wednesday night, he added an assist. Wait, don't go scanning the small type at the back of the sports section. Hextall didn't officially get credit for an assist, and certainly not for the Flyers. But his wayward clearing pass did lead directly to the Mighty Ducks' third goal. Strange things happened on another weird opening night Wednesday at the Pond.
March 26, 1996 |
Ron Hextall became the first Philadelphia goaltender to record back-to-back shutouts since Bernie Parent in 1975, stopping 21 shots in a 3-0 victory over the visiting Hartford Whalers Monday. Eric Lindros had a goal and two assists to exceed 100 points for the first time in his career. Teammate Mikael Renberg, bothered by a recurring abdominal injury, was advised to take 10 to 14 days off.
October 21, 1995 |
Here's what an easy night Philadelphia Flyer goaltender Ron Hextall had Friday at The Pond: A Mighty Duck sends a harmless popup toward Hextall, who snares the puck and calmly deposits it behind the net like so much garbage. Here's what a tough night Hextall had: Another Duck fires a point-blank shot, forcing Hextall to snap his right leg out awkwardly to make the save. Hextall lies on the ice, his right hamstring throbbing in pain. Strange game.
October 12, 1995 |
Ron Hextall made 25 saves and assisted on the game-winning goal as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals, 2-1, Wednesday night in their home opener at Philadelphia. John LeClair and Rod Brind'Amour got the Philadelphia goals, with Hextall assisting on Brind'Amour's goal at 9:24 of the third period. Hextall carried a shutout well into the third period, when Sergei Gonchar got the Capitals' only goal on a power play at 14:20.
May 25, 1995 |
At the end of the New York Rangers' first-round series with the Quebec Nordiques, the Madison Square Garden crowd had chanted, "We want Hextall." Wednesday night, they got him. Or, more accurately, he got them. Ron Hextall was greeted with derisive chants of "Hex-tall! Hex-tall!" by fans who hoped to see the goaltender who faded quickly while with the New York Islanders in last year's four-game sweep by the Rangers, then en route to the Stanley Cup.
September 23, 1994 |
Ron Hextall, ineffective in goal when the New York Islanders were humiliated by the rival New York Rangers in last season's playoffs, was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Hextall was packaged with a sixth-round draft choice in 1995 for 25-year-old goalie Tommy Soderstrom. "I don't think anybody can work harder than Ron Hextall," said Islander General Manager Don Maloney in announcing the trade. "He had a slow start and a disastrous finish here, and New York's a tough town."
February 26, 1994 |
Ron Hextall served notice before the opening faceoff that he was taking nothing from anybody, jawing with Philadelphia Flyer forward Claude Boivin at center ice. Philadelphia's Dave Brown came over. New York's Mick Vukota followed, and suddenly all 40 players were against the boards. That done, Hextall took the rest of the evening personally. He stopped 23 shots in his third consecutive shutout at Uniondale, N.Y., where the Islanders beat Philadelphia, 2-0.