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Hextall Becomes Winningest Flyers Goaltender: November 20, 1998

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On November 20, 1998, the Flyers recorded a 3-1 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Victorious goaltender Ron Hextall turned back 18 of 19 shots, and flirted with a shutout for 50-plus minutes. Dan McGillis, Petr Svoboda and Colin Forbes scored for the Flyers.

Hextall earned the 233rd regular season win of his two-stint Flyers career, moving past Hockey Hall of Famer and fellow two-stint Flyers goalie Bernie Parent for the most wins in franchise history.

For his regular season career with three teams, Hextall posted a 296-214-69 record and a 2.97 goals against. As a Flyer, he had a 240-172-58 record with a 2.91 GAA and .895 save percentage.

A member of the Flyers Hall of Fame, Hextall still holds the Flyers record for wins (296) and games played as a goaltender (489). Thirty-seven of Hextall's career wins came during his Vezina Trophy-winning rookie season of 1986-87. He would also record 31 wins twice (1995-96, 1996-97) and 30 wins twice (1987-88 and 1988-89) as a Flyer.

November 20: Through the Years

  • 1975: The defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers overcome a sluggish start against the lowly California Seals to skate off with a 3-2 home victory after trailing at the first intermission. A shorthanded goal by captain Bobby Clarke at 1:18 of the second period turns the tide. Philadelphia also gets goals from defenseman Jimmy Watson and Gary Dornhoefer.


  • 1977: Defensive defenseman Joe Watson enjoys a rare two-goal game while Bernie Parent records an 18-save shutout against the Atlanta Flames in a 4-0 win at the Spectrum. Offensive minded defenseman Bob "the Count" Dailey also scores two goals for the Flyers. Future Flyers goaltender Phil Myre absorbs the loss in net for the Flames.


  • 1983: Bobby Clarke scores the first regular season overtime goal in Flyers history as the team skates off with a 5-4 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brian Propp scores twice in regulation, while Bill Barber has a goal and an assist and defenseman Thomas Eriksson also scores for Philly.


  • 1986: Tim Kerr racks up four consecutive goals for the Flyers as the big forward powered the team to a 5-1 home win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Brian Propp also has a big night, compiling one goal and three assists at the expense of Chicago goaltender Murray Bannerman. Per-Erik "Pelle" Eklund collects a pair of assists. Victorious rookie goaltender Ron Hextall stops 24 of 25 shots.


  • 1988: Power forward Rick Tocchet notches the fourth hat trick of his Flyers career and adds two assists as the Flyers brutalize the New Jersey Devils and future Flyers netminder Sean Burke by a 7-1 count. Tim Kerr scores twice for Philadelphia, Brian Propp chipped on a goal and an assist and defenseman Kerry Huffman has a pair of helpers. Ron Hextall stops 22 of 23 shots in net.


  • 1999: Eric Lindros racks up two goals and Eric Desjardins posts three assists in a 4-1 home win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers also get two goals from former Bolts forward Daymond Langkow. Both Langkow goals were set up by fellow former Lightning forward Mikael Renberg.


  • 2003: Mark Recchi figures in all the scoring for the Flyers, scoring a pair of power play goals and adding an even strength assist on a Tony Amonte goal in a 3-1 home win over the Minnesota Wild. Jeremy Roenick has two assists while Amonte assisted on Recchi's second goal. Robert Esche denies 22 of 23 shots.


  • 2010: The Flyers capture a 5-4 road shootout win over the Washington Capitals. Claude Giroux, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Andreas Nodl score in regulation for Philly, while Chris Pronger earns two assists. Brian Boucher stops all four attempts he faced in the shootout, and Daniel Briere scores in the fourth round to end the skills competition in Philadelphia's favor.


  • 2014: The Flyers simultaneously induct longtime Legion of Doom linemates Eric Lindros and John LeClair into the team Hall of Fame. Among the many 1990s era Flyers to join the celebration are the likes of Chris Therien, Shjon Podein, Eric Desjardins (also inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame later in the season) and original Legion of Doom right winger Mikael Renberg.


November 20: Flyers Birthday

  • The late Yanick Dupre, a speedy winger, was born on Nov. 20, 1972 in Montreal.


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