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15 years ago, the Flames probably scored on Tampa Bay in Game 6

June 5, 2004 is a date that likely causes stress among the Calgary Flames’ faithful fans. On that date, the Flames lost 3-2 in double overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Well, at least according to video review guidelines of that day.

Martin Gelinas appeared to beat Nikolai Khabibulin with a redirect with his skate to put the Flames up 3-2 in the third period of Game 6. But play was not stopped, the goal was not signaled, and the game continued. The Flames had the chance to win the Stanley Cup on home ice and instead lost in double overtime, eventually losing the series in seven stressful games.

At the time the league didn’t have the ability to whistle down the play and conduct a thorough review. Nor did they have the many, many camera angles that they do now. It has been oft-discussed that Flames ownership recommended to the Board of Governors that video review be re-examined in the years that followed. Whether they did or not, video review resources were expanded in the years that followed.

As for the no-goal call 15 years ago today, it’s pretty obvious to Flames fans that it was in.



  • SydScout

    Still the most devastating loss of any sport, in any nation across the globe, that I’ve experienced. It did help cement my love for the Flames though, which is something. I guess. The pain never goes away, until we win the Cup and put those demons to rest.

  • Jobu

    Iggy and company deserved better than what they got. They deserved that championship.

    It was robbery at its finest, but there was one that was worse.

    When Dallas scored the cup winner against Buffalo with Brett Hulls foot in the crease (which was an instant no goal rule that year). Dallas arena showered confetti down all over the ice, equipment was flying everywhere. There was no way that anyone could have called that goal back without at least a 60 minute delay.

    Lindy Ruff made sure the media knew about it when he got back to Buffalo. That was probably more heartbreaking than the Calgary non-call since there was no review at the time and no one thought it was in.

    Travesties on both counts. Hopefully with the review in place now that lessons have been learned.

    • Bawcos

      I would say this is worse than the Dallas goal. If for just this reason, if the Hull goal didn’t count than the series continues and Dallas may still have won. Gelinas’ goal decides the outcome – the Stanley Cup.

  • freethe flames

    And 75 years ago today; D-Day occurred. Thank you to all the world war two vets. Also a big thank you to all the servicemen and women who defend liberty today.

  • Budgie

    The clincher was Kerry Fraser calling a penalty in Game 7 with a minute left Calgary’s goal empty-Leopold hits the post and the ‘Tweet’-it wasn’t a crosschecking to the head or anything atrocious-Calgary was deflated by the worst call in NHL history

    • Jobu

      Let’s not forget the 5 on 3 gift in the first minute of game 3 (was it game 3?).

      Tampa scored the only goal of the game in that 5 on 3. Complete BS.

      Calgary got royally screwed that whole series.

  • BendingCorners

    It sure looked in but at that angle with the puck in the air, it is possible that the puck had not completely crossed the line and the white ice was beneath the puck not in front of it. Even with today’s better and more numerous cameras I’m not sure the non-call on the ice would be overturned.
    Best revenge would be to beat them next year in the Final.