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Ron Hextall Slashes Kent Nilsson - Stanley Cup Final 1987 (NHL Classic)

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Published on Jul 11, 2012

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Ron Hextall took the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals against the dynasty of the Edmonton Oilers in 1987. He played heroically in defeat and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff excellence, but most of the talk was from game four of that series, Hextall slashed Kent Nilsson viciously and was suspended for the first eight games of the 1987-88 season.

Hextall had received a slash from Glenn Anderson for which there was no call from the referees, and Hextall sought revenge by striking the back of Nilsson's knees. After the game Hextall expressed remorse for striking the wrong player but not for his action:

"If somebody slaps you in the face, you're going to slap him back, it's not like he gave me a touch to jar the puck. What's he going to do next, break my arm? I'm sorry it was Nilsson and not Anderson I hit, but I just reacted. At the time, it seemed the right thing to do.

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