Raising the Cup Presents: 1999 Stanley Cup Final Game 6
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During the 1998-99 season in particular, the NHL implemented a zero-tolerance policy when enforcing the crease-violation rule, disallowing goals scored when any part of the scorer's body was in the crease before the puck. This interpretation would prove crucial in Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Final.
1999 Stanley Cup Final Game 6
Ed Belfour had shut out the Sabres in Dallas two nights before, giving the Stars a 3-2 series lead and a chance to clinch in Buffalo. Dominik Hasek would have something to say about that, and both goalies were at the top of their games. Hasek allowed what looked like a centering pass by Jere Lehtinen to bounce off his pad and into the net in the first period, while Belfour was unable to stop a Stu Barnes shot that bounced off a diving defender in the second. Otherwise, they were flawless for more than 100 minutes.
Finally, almost three quarters of the way through a third overtime, Mike Modano fired a shot from the left circle that Hasek was able to stop, but Brett Hull followed on the rebound, shooting over a committed Hasek for the win. Hull's foot, however, was in the crease before he shot, leading the Buffalo crowd to believe the goal was no good, as similar goals had been waved off during the season. The counter-argument was that Hull had control of the puck before entering the crease, and the goal was allowed to stand. The Stars would win their first Stanley Cup ever, in game that fell a mere 23 seconds short of the longest Final game on record.
The end result of the controversy was a revision of the rule.