August 24, 2008
Greatest Photos In Hockey History
#11 - Brett Hull's No Goal
It's the 1999 Stanley Cup finals! With 5:09 remaining in the third OT, Brett Hull, with his foot in the crease, scored the Cup-winner for Dallas.
A lot of people thought the goal illegal -- including plenty of Sabres. "Everybody is going to remember this as the Stanley Cup that was never won -- it was given away," said Joe Juneau. "The goal was not a legal goal. It's cheating, you know? It's not a loss. The game is not over, it's just not. They just decided to end it."
This was the season the NHL held a zero-tolerance stance on goaltender interference. Plenty of good goals were called back because of the slimmest of crease violations. Except this goal on Dominik Hasek.
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Hull's two shots in the goal mouth constituted a single possession of the puck since the puck deflected off Hasek. Al Strachan, Hockey Writer of the Toronto Sun, and all time NHL scoring leader Wayne Gretzky are on record as saying that the goal was legally scored and should have stood. NHL Director of Officiating Bryan Lewis said there was no crease violation because "Hull had possession of the puck when his skate entered the crease."
That was the after-the-fact spin, David.
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