Friday, September 9, 2011

Oilers Update - "Oh I remember that!" Hextall Hacks Nilsson!

Hockey Fans! It's time for "Oh I remember that!"

Tonight, I had to dig really deep into the memory bank in order to find this little gem.  

During the1987 Stanley Cup Finals, the Edmonton Oilers faced the Philadelphia Flyers en-route to capture their 4th Stanley Cup.  On May 24th 1987 the Oilers went into Philadelphia with a 2-1 series lead.  With the Oilers up 4-1 in the third, Flyers' hot headed goaltender Ron Hextall made headlines when he laid the lumber upon the legs of Oilers forward Kent Nilsson.

Hextall, flipped his lid after taking exception to Glenn Anderson's rebound attempt where he accidentally/on purpose jabbed Hexall's bread basket.  Instead of taking Anderson's number to save for rainy day, Hextall decided to take his anger out on Nilsson moments later.

Hextall received only a 5 minute major penalty for his slash, however the NHL suspended Hextall for the first 8 games of the 1987-88 season.

After it was all said and done, the play immediately went down in the history books as one of the most infamous moments in play-off history.


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