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03-18-2004, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by windowlicker
Very interesting decision. It could definetaly cause some ripples in the NHL. (In fact, I would be glad if it did. Although I guarantee the team that looses due to such a situation will cry bloody murder, while the team that benefits will have an unmistakable grin)

Btw.... regarding the Hull "No Goal". The ref did make a judgement call that Hull had control of the puck when his skate entered the crease. Going by that, it is a goal, the Texans do deserve their Cup Rings. The real issue is, if you watch that whole sequence, Hull actually didnt have control of the puck when he entered the crease, thus making this a non-goal. Its not that it should have been no goal because his skate was in the crease, it should not have counted because the referee made a mistake and applied the correct rule to the wrong situation.
The "ref" was unaware of Hull's skate being in the crease (as initially were the "upstairs" officials unaware). That came later and the NHL ruled that it was the "right" call in hindsight hoping people would believe them. The decision was political and the reasons given were contrived. The NHL wasn't anti-Sabres/pro-Stars, they were just embarassed. No way would they have called that a goal if it was instantly reviewed. IMO Bettman went from "incompetent" to "incompetent with no integrity".

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