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CALGARY – In a monumental decision, the NHL has reversed the “no-goal” call from the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, and officially awarded the Calgary Flames their second Stanley Cup in franchise history.
The debate has raged on for almost 15 years since the puck bounced off Martin Gelinas’ skate into the pad of Nikolai Khabibulin about whether the puck fully crossed the line. Flames fans will assure you it did, and Lightning fans will… We couldn’t find any to ask, but they will probably say it didn’t?
Jarome Iginla announced his retirement earlier this afternoon, and will now retire a Stanley Cup Champion.
“This is something I have always dreamed of, to be a Stanley Cup Champion. While it’s not exactly how I imagined it, it feels great and I am so happy to share this moment with my family and my [former] teammates,” said Iginla when he heard the news.
When asked to clarify, Gary Bettman stated “we have been investigating this incident for many years, and finally developed a new technology that takes into account puck angle, trajectory, size, etc. and rendered the following image, which proves conclusively that Martin Gelinas scored in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and would have won the Calgary Flames the Stanley Cup.”
Martin Gelinas now holds the record as the only player to ever score the series clinching goal in all four series.
In a day that started as a sad one for Flames fans, this news is certain to bring them joy, and cement Jarome Iginla’s legacy as the best player to ever win a Stanley Cup 14 years after the fact.
Red Mile, watch out.
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