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10 Worst Calls in Sports History


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The Infamous 'Skate in the Crease'
The Dallas Stars pose for a team photo with the Stanely Cup trophy as they celebrate the win over the Buffalo Sabres in 1999. Elsa Hasch /Allsport/Getty Images
The Dallas Stars pose for a team photo with the Stanely Cup trophy as they celebrate the win over the Buffalo Sabres in 1999. Elsa Hasch /Allsport/Getty Images

The events of the night of June 19, 1999, continue to torture fans of the Buffalo Sabres hockey franchise, even 15 years later. In triple overtime of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Brett Hull of the opposing Dallas Stars grabbed his own rebound and scored the winning goal of the series. For the Sabres and their fans, though, the game was far from over.

The Sabres claimed that Hull's left skate was inside the crease — the area directly in front of the goal — before the puck, which was against NHL rules at the time. The officials contended that Hull was still in possession of the puck (even though his first shot ricocheted off the goalkeeper's pad) and was therefore allowed to be in the crease.

In protest, the Sabres players refused to change out of their uniforms for 20 minutes, hoping the call would be reversed and play would resume [source: Webley]. Meanwhile, angry Sabres fans began chanting "No goal!" and have kept it up for a decade and a half.

Hull, for his part, has a long memory, too. The long-retired hockey legend recently changed his Twitter profile pic to a shot of himself holding a miniature Stanley Cup and wearing a T-shirt reading, "Brett Hull is a Cheater." His accompanying Tweet: "New pic for all my friends in buffalo xoxo" [source: Wyshynsky].