This Day In Sports History (April 11th) — Ron Hextall
It was on this day in 1989 that Ron Hextall became the first goalie in NHL history to record a goal during a playoff game. It was the second goal of his career.
The goal came during an 8-5 playoff victory over the Washington Capitals. Despite finishing in first place in the Patrick Division, the Caps would lose to the Philadelphia Flyers in six games. As for Hextall, that would be the last goal he ever scored, as he accumulated an impressive two goals and 36 assists in both the regular season and playoffs throughout his entire career.
Till this day, only eleven goalies in the NHL have ever recorded a goal. Hextall, along with Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, are the only goaltenders to record at least two goals in their careers (Brodeur has three). They are also the only two goaltenders to record a goal in the playoffs.
Here is a look at Ron Hextall’s first career playoff goal.
Mark Teixeira, MLB – Born on April 11, 1980 (age 34) in Annapolis, Maryland
Trevor Linden, NHL – Born on April 11, 1970 (age 44) in Medicine Hat, Alberta
Trot Nixon, MLB – Born on April 11, 1974 (age 40) in Durham, North Carolina