No. 1 Ron Hextall stops Dave Lumley with a miraculous save – 1987 Game 6 SCF
By the mid-1980s, there was no NHL team more intimidated than the Edmonton Oilers. Led by future Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, the Oilers won two of the last three Stanley Cups in the 1986–1987 season. Ron Hextall, like many other goalkeepers on this list, ended his rookie season, but unlike the others, Hextall took home Vezina Trophy To be the league’s top goaltender that season. He led the league in total saves and save percentage, but Edmonton was his biggest test of all time.
Down 3–2 in the series with their flyers, it was a win for Hextall and company in front of their home crowd. With the game on the line, the Oilers had a 2-on-0 and were closing in on Hextall. The puck ended up on the tape of Dave Lumley’s stick and with a wide open net, somehow, somehow, Hextall still managed to get his hand in the way, blocking the breakaway.
This savings was so incredible that after the game, Gretzky Referred to Hextall as “probably the best goalkeeper I’ve ever seen in the National Hockey League”. When you earn that kind of praise from someone nicknamed “The Great One,” you know you did something right. This may save leftist fans flying across the spectrum. This left Oilers fans stunned, and it led his team to victory in Game 6. The Flyers would lose Game 7, but due to their incredible performances throughout the series, Hextall would take home. Conn Smith Trophy As the post-season MVP. Hextall became the fourth player to win the award, despite playing for the losing team. Only one other player (Jean-Sébastien Giguerre in 2003) has earned the award under the same circumstances. To this day, Hexy is still beloved in Philadelphia, and I’m sure this savings has a lot to do with it. After all, this is the biggest post-season save in NHL history.