In 1999, the Dallas Stars lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup. As they celebrated, the Buffalo Sabres thought that the goal shouldn’t have counted because of the infamous foot-in-the-crease courtesy of Brett Hull. To this day, Sabres fans are still bitter about the ruling that it was a good goal even though the rule had changed in the season.
Late in an exciting game, tied 4-4, Dallas native Blake Coleman appeared to score a go-ahead goal. The problem is, it didn’t come off his stick blade. It came as he was trying to stop as he crashed the net. The puck, heading in the same direction, glanced in off his skate.
The league reviewed it and overturned the goal, saying that Coleman used a “distinct kicking motion” to score. Honestly, it seems that the puck was going to go into the net regardless of Coleman’s impact on the puck’s trajectory. His skate was on the ice, so it doesn’t look like a kicking motion. But see for yourself:
This is the angle for the Coleman goal reversal that is most convincing, in my view. But was it a distinct kicking motion? That will be debated for a long time, depending on how overtime goes. pic.twitter.com/kpHIhKYvjR— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 27, 2022
Would you have overturned the goal?
After this call, the Flames ended up going to overtime with the Edmonton Oilers. Connor McDavid scored in overtime, and the Flames were eliminated from the playoffs after losing their series, 4-1.
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