Twenty years have passed since Dallas Stars star Brett Hull scored his controversial Stanley Cup-clinching goal in triple overtime – and nobody in Buffalo has forgotten.
“It comes up on a regular basis,” Sabres season ticketholder Dave Hassett said. “It’s usually paired with ‘wide right.’ If someone says, ‘Wide right’, someone else will say ‘Skate in the crease.’ ”
Buffalo folks consider themselves the country’s unluckiest fans because they went to four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s without winning one. They could have won their first appearance in Super Bowl XXV, but Scott Norwood’s missed 47-yard field-goal attempt – wide right – led to a 20-19 loss to the New York Giants.
The 1999 loss to the Stars was more controversial because Hull’s skate was in the crease when he scored the winner. That season, goals were waved off when an attacking player had a skate in the crease.
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