October 25, 1996 |
Bill Guerin has been in the NHL long enough to know sometimes all you have to do to score is shoot the puck at the goal, even from the most impossible angles. Guerin scored on a shot from the far corner behind the San Jose goal line for the go-ahead goal last night and Dave Andreychuk added an insurance tally 16 seconds later as the goal-starved New Jersey Devils beat the visiting Sharks, 3-1. Guerin's game-winner at 6:32 of the final period broke a 1-1 tie and came on a play in which the shot never would have gone in had San Jose goalie Kelly Hrudey followed his initial instincts.
February 23, 1989 |
Despite their last-place standing, the Islanders still had something to lose - one of the league's better goalies. And yesterday, they made what probably was the boldest trade in their history. They dealt Kelly Hrudey to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Wayne McBean, goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick and an unspecified future draft choice. McBean, 20, was the fourth player taken in the 1987 draft. Fitzpatrick, considered the best goaltending prospect that same year, went 27th. "We had to do something that could have a payoff of great significance," said Bill Torrey, the Islanders' general manager.
January 30, 1989 |
In an attempt to fool the Flyers' body clocks into believing they were ready to play a game at 11 a.m. on Saturday, trainer Kurt Mundt moved the little hand on the locker room wall ahead eight hours. The Flyers were then told that A.M. stood only for After Malarchuk. This reminded them that the goalie who stoned them beddy-bye, 1-0, on Thursday night had left town along with the Washington Capitals. The ploy failed. Though the Flyers' wives raised a great deal of money yesterday for leukemia research, their mothers didn't raise no fools.
April 20, 1987 |
Well, Kelly Hrudey has his wish, although not quite in the way he probably would have envisioned it. Late last week, after the New York Islanders had staved off elimination in Game 6 of their Patrick Division semifinal playoff series, forcing what turned out to be a 128-minute, 47-second war of attrition in Game 7, Isles goalie Hrudey talked about vacations. He talked about how not wanting to quit playing hockey just yet had spurred the team from a 3-1 series deficit against the Washington Capitals.
April 15, 1987 |
All signs pointed to a clinching victory by the Washington Capitals last night. Leading their Patrick Division series against the New York Islanders, 3-1, the Capitals were home at Landover, Md., and the visitors were missing injured Mike Bossy, Brent Sutter and Denis Potvin. Potvin, the Islanders' captain and star defenseman, was added to the injury list with a muscle strain in his lower back, and his availability for the remainder of the series is in doubt. But the Islanders had Kelly Hrudey in goal, and that proved to be enough for a 4-2 victory that narrowed the Caps' series edge to 3-2 and sent the teams back to Uniondale, N.Y., for Game 6 tomorrow evening.
April 16, 1990 |
The puck slipped behind the Los Angeles goaltender, Kelly Hrudey. The red bulb behind the net glowed, and the crowd at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., went silent. The Calgary Flames had apparently forced a seventh game in this hard-fought and surprisingly close first-round playoff series. Or so it seemed. The apparent goal, by Brian MacLellan late in the first overtime Saturday night, was disallowed by referee Denis Morel, and Los Angeles went on the eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions with a 4-3 victory.
April 21, 1987 |
Kelly Hrudey had a shopping list of excuses available. After all, rarely did a goalie have the odds stacked mountain high against him as Hrudey did last night, when he dragged his weary bones into the New York Islanders' net for the first game of a best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series against the Flyers at the Spectrum. But the Islanders goalie discarded those excuses in the same adept manner in which he discarded an incredible 73 shots in Saturday night's historic Game That Wouldn't End at the Capital Centre.
June 3, 1993 |
Kelly Hrudey looks like your typical hockey bad boy. Craig Berube with a goalie's stick. Long hair. Elvis-like sideburns. Blue bandana dangling from beneath his helmet. But the goalie for the Los Angeles Kings is anything but brash. He's sensitive, soft-spoken and introspective. Hrudey is nothing like his image, and his play these days is far different from what it was just a few months ago. In March, the 10-year veteran was fighting for his job. He even sat on the bench for four games in the Smythe Division semifinals against the Calgary Flames.
April 27, 1987 |
If these were the Chicago Blackhawks or Vancouver Canucks, the Flyers would be rehearsing their French. The survivor of the volatile Montreal-Quebec civil war awaits the winner of the Flyers-New York Islanders series. To the eternal dismay of the suffering fans in Chicago and Vancouver, Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin and another old Islander, Mike Bossy, never have played for the Blackhawks or Canucks. Nassau Coliseum always has been home for these three future Hockey Hall of Famers.
June 4, 1993 |
Maybe we're reaching here, to say the Stanley Cup final series was over, with two minutes left in regulation of Game 2. Maybe they weren't really setting up the lawn chairs on Sunset Boulevard for Los Angeles's first Cup parade. Maybe the Montreal Canadiens would have found a way to climb out of a 2-0 hole in the best-of-seven series, just like their ancestors did, the Canadiens being the most recent team to overcame such a finals deficit, back in 1971. But the look in Jacques Demers's eyes last night said otherwise.