But even though the puck appeared to cross the line late in the
third period of Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday,
it wasn't ruled a goal by on-ice officials or those watching from
"They've got so many cameras, I imagine they would've phoned down if it went in," said Gelinas, who added that he hadn't seen a replay.
That kept the game tied until 33 seconds of the second overtime when Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis scored to force the Stanley Cup finals to Game 7 Monday in Florida.
"We reviewed a number of camera angles and only one showed the puck," said Colin Campbell, the NHL director of hockey operations. "Based on the angle of the image and the fact that the puck was in the air and on edge, there was insufficient evidence that the puck conclusively crossed the goal line."
Gelinas, who scored the series-winning goal for Calgary in each of the first three rounds, charged the net to get in front of
Nikolai Khabibulin with just under seven minutes left in
During a power play, Oleg Saprykin took a shot that Khabibulin knocked away, but the puck came out front and hit the rushing Gelinas.
After the puck clanged off Gelinas' skate, Khabibulin slid
across the goal line and intercepted it with his pad. Play
continued as fans in the Saddledome groaned at the missed chance.
"We thought we had the big play," Flames coach Darryl Sutter
A replay seem to show that Khabibulin stopped the puck after it had crossed the goal line. The puck was dropped after the next
stoppage of play without any consultation with officials from
"I looked at it and that's got to be a conclusive play,"
Sutter said. "I looked at it from two different angles. Unless
they have a different one, you can't say that it's a goal.
"It's so close, but the puck is like this. You can't argue that
point. I am sure they did look at it."
Before the Flames won Game 5 in Tampa, Sutter lashed out and said that some NHL factions want the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup. That was in reaction to the suspension of Calgary's Ville Nieminen, who wasn't allowed to play Thursday night because of a
boarding penalty against Vincent Lecavalier.
Gelinas didn't even want to consider that a potential
Cup-winning goal was missed.
"That would be pretty tough," he said. "Just a few minutes
left in the period. If that's the case, shame on them for not
Lightning forward Tim Taylor didn't think it was a goal to begin with, and saw another problem with the play.
"I thought it was directed in by a skate," Taylor said. "He
was going right toward the net and stopping on it. So that wouldn't
have been a goal."
Fans in Calgary can't blame referee Kerry Fraser for this one.
Originally slated to work Game 6, Fraser was replaced after he was
the subject of verbal abuse and had objects thrown at him from the
stands during Game 4.
Fraser was the referee in both previous games in Calgary and has long been the nemesis of Flames fans. During Calgary's 1-0 loss in Game 4, the Lightning scored their only goal on a two-man
advantage. Nieminen was then given a major penalty for his hit and
was ejected as the Flames pressed for the tying goal.
In the opening round against Vancouver, Gelinas scored an
overtime goal in Game 7.
And then in the conference finals against San Jose, Gelinas did