It’s a weird time in which we’re living. We’re all sitting in quarantine wondering how many times we can clean our kitchens, watch Space Jam, and if twiddling our thumbs is a viable way to pass time. In New York, we’ve been banging pots and pans, clapping, and cheering those who are fighting this virus on the front lines every night at 7 PM. Here at The Turf, we’re immensely thankful for all essential workers and what they’re doing to prevent the spread and keep us all as safe as possible. In return, the best we can think to do is revisit sports history and find ways to keep you all entertained. We have to fill that void somehow, right?
(New) Rules are Rules
Brett Hull sent the Dallas Stars into the record books, but not without controversy. The NHL was in the midst of a flurry of rule changes put in place to protect goaltenders. They had recently extended the crease and created guidelines that made it a much safer space, to prevent the opposition from charging, tripping, or otherwise getting aggressive with them.
In the 1998/1999 season, the NHL adjusted their newfound rules, cutting down on the crease to the sides of the net, therefore not penalizing players who weren’t directly involved in the play. It turned out, according to a league memo not circulated publicly, that this goal was within the letter of the law. Congrats to the Stars and to Brett Hull for finally hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup.
But this game was so much more beyond that. It was a culmination of a series that saw showstopping performances from Ed Balfour and Dominik Hasek. In this game alone, they combined for 101 saves on 104 shots. That’s otherworldly. Now, of course, this is partially because Game 6 went to an unprecedented three overtimes. Buffalo essentially hosted two games in one.
Now, crack a Molson and enjoy this one.
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