BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Ten years ago, most of us were watching the same thing ontelevision, game six of the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.
Now some members of the Buffalo Sabres are talking about thetriple overtime thriller that ended with "no goal."
June 19, 1999 turned into June 20th when game six of the StanleyCup finals went to a third overtime.
At 1:30 a.m., Brett Hull grabbed his own rebound, and with hisleft foot in the crease, beat Dominik Hasek for the seriesclinching goal.
As the Dallas Stars celebrated, the Sabres realized that thegoal should not have counted.
For the players on that Buffalo team, time does not heal allwounds.
News 4's Paul Peck asked Rob Ray if the emotions and anger stillcome back to him.
Sabres forward 1989-2003 Rob Ray said, "Yeah it is, and I don'tthink you ever lose it. You realize how difficult it is to getthere, and how difficult it is to win."
Sabres captain 1997-2000 Michael Peca said, "You reflect backthere after it's mentioned, and it makes you think of a whole bunchof things sometimes you thought were in the past but are just asmuch in the forefront of your mind as they've always been."
The National Hockey League said the rule had been changed, toallow players to be in the crease as long as they maintainedpossession. None of the Sabres knew anything about that.
Peca said, "That goal, there was never any video review. Iremember watching Bill
McCreary the referee at the window of the penalty box, andeventually he just put his hands up and skated off the ice. Hefigured there was no way we were going to get a review or a call onthat goal."
Not winning a Stanley Cup still bothers Rob Ray. Having onetaken away from Buffalo's fans bothers him even more.
Ray said, "You just always dreamt of being part of a team thatcan put a town over the top. That's when you look back and peoplewould never forget you, never be forgotten that way. You feel badsometimes because you added to their disappointment."
Shortly after the finals ended, the NHL eliminated the creaserule. No team since then as ever had to deal with another "nogoal."
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