Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Flyers Change Goalies Snow to Replace Hextall for Game 2

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Flyers Change Goalies Snow to Replace Hextall for Game 2

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Imagine a quarterback controversy at the Super Bowl, with a coach changing quarterbacks before the game, then going back and forth between quarters.

Hard to imagine, isn't it? Not in the Super Bowl and not with the most important player on the team. Now, consider the goalie controversy swirling around the Philadelphia Flyers during the Stanley Cup finals.

After losing 4-2 in Game 1, coach Terry Murray plans to continue a playoff-long trend of changing starters at the first sign of trouble. Murray announced after practice Monday that Garth Snow would replace Ron Hextall in goal tonight for Game 2 at Core States Center. Murray said he is making the change because of Steve Yzerman's long goal 56 seconds into the final period of Game 1. Yzerman scored on a partially screened shot from just inside the blue line to give Detroit a two-goal lead. That goal "certainly was the reason," Murray said. "I thought the opportunity for us to get back into the game was taken away." Still, there were 19 minutes remaining, and it wasn't Hextall's fault that the Flyers had played horribly in front of him to fall behind 3-2 before Yzerman's goal. The Flyers' vaunted size and strength advantage were never a factor as Detroit clogged the neutral zone and prevented them from getting in deep on the forecheck. The Flyers also committed costly neutral-zone turnovers that cost them goals. Kirk Maltby scored on a two-on-none rush after a turnover. Joey Kocur scored on a breakaway after a giveaway. And Sergei Fedorov picked the top corner on a two-on-one break. Hextall had virtually no chance on those three goals, which Murray acknowledged. Murray said that, overall, his veteran "played pretty good" in Game 1. "We gave up scoring chances because of breakdowns in front of him," Murray said. "He did a fine job, but I have made a decision. I'm going to stand firm with it. And Snowy is going to be the guy." Snow, 27, has not played since giving up five goals in 34 minutes of the Flyers' 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. …

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