As the NHL Playoffs continue to go on I can’t help but reminisce about June 1999.
The Buffalo Sabres faced the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals that year.
It was Game 6 all the Stars needed to do was win the game to win the Stanley Cup and the Sabres were looking to stave off elimination. I was 12 years old and was glued to the TV in my Mothers room trying to stay awake to see the Sabres force Game 7 back in Dallas. The game went in triple overtime and the clock had already turned to the next day. My Mother and I were trying to locate the puck on the ice, the action was so fast paced it was almost hard to keep up but we did. Then the unthinkable happened the Stars scored and just like that the Sabres season was over. I remember the goal and the replays showing how close the Stars player was to the Goalie thinking to myself this couldn’t count but I was a novice fan to the game so I was unsure.
The Goal was ruled as valid, and the Stars were awarded the Stanley Cup trophy. The issue or controversy with the goal was the Stars players Brett Hull skate was in the crease at the time of the shot and many felt the goal should’ve been nullified for that fact. The NHL however stood by the decision and stated the correct call was made.
The Goal is known throughout the sports world as” No Goal” as many felt the goal shouldn’t have counted that night in June. It’s a phrase that still burns in the City of Buffalo just as bad as “Wide Right” does.
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