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March 10, 1997 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
This was the game Ron Hextall has been needing for a while, the Flyers playing solidly in front of him, no strange bounces, no crazy goals, no blizzard of breakaways to stop. The Washington Capitals did get the puck behind goaltender Hextall once early on, but it was cleared by the defense before it crossed the goal line. Hextall surely has played better games than yesterday's 5-0 victory over the visiting Caps. But seldom has a solid Hextall effort been more welcome, to a team whose No. 1 goalie is often described as its most serious Stanley Cup obstacle.
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February 26, 1997 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Ron Hextall stayed on the practice ice long after most of his teammates went to the locker room, stopping one-on-one shots from injured defenseman Karl Dykhuis. You didn't have to be an especially astute observer to derive two conclusions: a) Flyers goaltender Hextall, who hasn't been sharp lately, wanted to get in some extra work, and b) since leaving the ice first the day before a game is the prerogative of the starting goaltender for that game, Hextall won't be in net for tonight's visit to the Ottawa Senators.
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April 20, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Sean Burke's most recent playoff appearance was in 1990. Seventeen of his 19 career postseason appearances date to 1988, when he took the New Jersey Devils to the semifinals as a rookie. Ron Hextall is the Flyers' all-time-winningest playoff goalie. He has 47 career playoff wins, 45 of them with the Flyers. His numbers for this regular season are better than those of Burke, who played for struggling Carolina and Vancouver teams before bouncing to the Flyers March 4 in a deal for Garth Snow.
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November 21, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Ron Hextall gloved the puck, started to move to drop it and clear it away, then looked at the clock. The final seconds were fleeing into the warm Carolina night, so Hextall held the puck in his glove and gripped it tightly as his teammates swarmed around him in congratulations. Later, in the locker room, he again downplayed the milestone, the Flyers' 3-1 victory over the feisty Carolina Hurricanes that gave Hextall his franchise-record 233rd victory as a Flyers goalie, one more win than Bernie Parent.
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January 18, 1995 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
So many strange things have happened in the world of hockey the past four months, the trade that brought Ron Hextall back to the Flyers now seems part of the distant past. The fact is, though, Hexy is just now in the midst of his first full week of practice with his new-old team, and he has not played in a game that meant anything since the Islanders sent him back here, along with a sixth-round draft pick, in exchange for faded goaltending phenom Tommy Soderstrom, back on Sept.
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June 2, 1997 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
When Bob Clarke brought Ron Hextall back to the Flyers from Long Island exile in 1994, Clarke explained what he liked about the quirky goalie: "Hexy's gotten his bleep kicked a few times over the years," the Flyers' president and general manager said. "But he's always gotten right back up. " So it was, late Saturday night and again yesterday, Hextall facing his questioners unwaveringly. He had to know he had handed them the tar and the feathers, the instant Steve Yzerman's blast from the blue line somehow dipped past him, solidifying Detroit's 4-2 victory in Saturday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
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June 7, 1995 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
It seems as if the Dominic Roussel straw will go ungrasped, at least for tonight. The unofficial buzz in the Flyers' locker room was that Ron Hextall will start in goal for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at the Meadowlands, just as he has started the Flyers' previous 11 playoff games. Flyers coach Terry Murray, of course, wasn't saying that. Murray loves secrets, especially at playoff time. But he seemed cognizant of two key factors: Hextall has been the Flyers' best player in the playoffs, the main reason they are in the third round, and the reasons for the Flyers' 0-2 deficit in this series don't start in the goaltending crease.
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April 21, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
The meeting was held on the ice, just after practice. It lasted maybe a minute. Flyers coach Roger Neilson skated over to his goalies and told them that Sean Burke would start tomorrow, in the playoff opener against visiting Buffalo. Neilson told Ron Hextall to stay ready, in case he was needed. And that was that. Last year, you'll recall, it was all much more complicated. Then-coach Terry Murray decided to make a mystery out of his goaltending choice, not telling the goalies until the day before the first game, and even then not making his choice public.
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April 18, 1997 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Terry Murray's gutsy decision to start backup goalie Garth Snow in the Flyers' playoff opener over Ron Hextall came down to one thing. "Snowy is playing better right now and played better at the end of the season," said the Flyers' coach after yesterday's optional morning skate. "I thought Hexy was battling it, having a tough time finding the puck. " Murray said he could not allow Hextall's past accomplishments or experience - 84 playoff games to Snow's 10 playoff minutes - to affect his decision.
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June 1, 1987 | By RICH HOFMANN, Daily News Sports Writer
Chico Resch might not be shy, but he is retiring. After 38 years on the planet and 13 years in the NHL, the league's oldest player is calling it quits. But not without a word about his favorite fellow goaltender. You know - that Hextall guy. "Words don't describe him," Resch said, after Ron Hextall won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, after the Flyers lost the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final to Edmonton, 3-1. "I never saw a guy come to the rink to play as many times as Ronnie.
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June 10, 2010
THEY TELL THE STORIES, fans of this team do, tell the stories of valiant efforts in face of all odds. They tell of Hexy carrying an injury-plagued team past a more talented Montreal team in 1987, tell of that rally from 3-1 to scare Wayne Gretzky and the greatest hockey team ever assembled in a seventh game. They still talk about what might have been if Leon Stickle wasn't so awfully human in 1980, what might have been if Keith Primeau had not been so hurt and worn down in that Game 7 against Tampa Bay in 2004.
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April 6, 1999 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Nobody ever embodied the stuff the Flyers are supposed to be about better than Ron Hextall. That's why it was so painful to watch it happen to him again last night, to watch Hextall out there, wound so tight he self-destructed, putting his depleted team in a fatal 2-0 hole. The Flyers were done, less than 4-1/2 minutes into what should have been as winnable a game as they have left on their schedule. "He's a guy that works extremely hard. I never saw a goalie as hard-working as him. I've learned a lot from him," Mikael Renberg said after a scary 5-1 loss to the unimposing New York Rangers, Renberg explaining why teammates hate to see someone like Hextall embarrassed.
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February 22, 1999 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Subtle changes can produce big results. Take the Flyers' struggling power play, for example. Coach Roger Neilson moved Daymond Langkow to the first unit in place of Rod Brind'Amour last night, and he moved Eric Lindros from down low to the point to form an umbrella. Even though it didn't exactly rain goals, the tactic paid off: Langkow's power-play goal snapped an 0-for-24 power-play skid and helped break a two-game losing streak as the Flyers nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, at the First Union Center.
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January 12, 1999 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Jean-Marc Pelletier got a taste of the NHL last night, putting on a Flyers uniform for the first time and backing up John Vanbiesbrouck during an 8-0 shelling of the Nashville Predators. Vanbiebsrouck, 35, continued his recent run of steady, flawless play, the kind of goaltending designed to assure that a taste is all the Flyers' probable goalie of the future gets any time soon. "Jean-Marc's a good goalie. He'll have his time," Vanbiesbrouck said of Pelletier, after stopping all 24 Nashville shots, about half of them really nasty scoring chances.
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December 11, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
No matter who the goalie is, if you can't cover anybody, you're going to lose. The Flyers proved that last night en route to blowing a three-goal lead into a 5-4 overtime loss. They made Ron Hextall look a lot like John Vanbiesbrouck had looked two nights earlier, in an equally scrambly 5-5 tie with the very same New Jersey Devils. "We need to help them a little bit," said the Flyers' best defenseman, Eric Desjardins, when asked about his team's goalies. Desjardins had an excellent view of Dave Andreychuk's game-winning goal - he was trying to shove Andreychuk away from the crease as the puck went into the net, a minute and 18 seconds into overtime.
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December 7, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Trying to stop the puck, Ron Hextall has put himself in some strange and precarious positions over the years. The one position he always has avoided, though, is putting himself ahead of the team. Some NHL goalies, if they found themselves in Hexy's skates today, you'd be getting nudges and winks, insinuations that maybe the team should take another look at its goaltending hierarchy. Not from Hexy. Four straight wins, in which he has allowed a total of five goals, and what he has to say is this: "I don't think I've earned anything.
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November 21, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Ron Hextall gloved the puck, started to move to drop it and clear it away, then looked at the clock. The final seconds were fleeing into the warm Carolina night, so Hextall held the puck in his glove and gripped it tightly as his teammates swarmed around him in congratulations. Later, in the locker room, he again downplayed the milestone, the Flyers' 3-1 victory over the feisty Carolina Hurricanes that gave Hextall his franchise-record 233rd victory as a Flyers goalie, one more win than Bernie Parent.
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October 24, 1998 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They are rarely at their lockers simultaneously. Yesterday, John Vanbiesbrouck was long into his dry-land training by the time Ron Hextall waddled off the ice and into the dressing room. Hextall sat at his locker as he had done countless times after practice in Voorhees. The only difference now is that instead of being the first goalie off the ice, Hextall is the last. For the first time in his 13 NHL seasons, the 34-year-old Hextall is a backup goalie, a role he agreed to so he could remain a Flyer when general manager Bob Clarke signed free agent Vanbiesbrouck to a two-year, $10.75 million contract.
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September 29, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
After tonight's exhibition game against Washington, Neil Little will pack his equipment and head off for Grand Rapids, of the International League. Tomorrow, only two stalls will be occupied on goaltenders' row at the Flyers' practice facility - one for John Vanbiesbrouck, one for Ron Hextall. This is a new dynamic for the Flyers: two veteran goalies, no competition. The starting job belongs to Vanbiesbrouck, 35, by virtue of his three-year, $10.7 million free-agent contract.
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September 26, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
An elderly gentleman struck up a conversation with a few Flyers in the lobby of their hotel last week in Peterborough, Ontario, as the players waited for a cab. Goaltender Neil Little walked in and sat down with his friends. "Are you one of the Flyers, too?" the man asked. "I play for the Phantoms," Little replied. "The what?" the man asked, puzzled. "The Phantoms," Little said again. The man still looked puzzled. "The minor league affiliate," Little finally explained.
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