Stars Win Stanley Cup Vs. Sabres
Jun. 20, 1999
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ The Dallas Stars won the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup championship early Sunday after ousting the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in a grueling triple-overtime game to win the series 4-2.
Brett Hull scored on a rebound at 14:51 of the third overtime, putting a rebound over weary goaltender Dominik Hasek as the Stars won hockey's biggest prize as much by exhaustion as execution.
Dallas is the southermost city to hoist the cup. When Lord Stanley paid $50 for the cup in 1892, he likely didn't envision it being won by a team located much closer to Mexico than Canada.
Hull ended the second-longest Stanley Cup finals game in history with his third goal of the series and third career overtime playoff goal.
Hasek, outplayed again by Ed Belfour, went to his chest to bounce on a shot by Jere Lehtinen, who scored the first goal hours before. But the puck rebounded out in the slot to Hull, who lifted it into the net.
The overtime lasted 54:51, the longest except for the Edmonton Oilers' 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 in 1990 that lasted 55:13.
Dallas' delight at winning a Stanley Cup only six years after the Minnesota North Stars relocated there probably is surpassed only by Buffalo's disappointment at losing _ again.
The National Football League's Buffalo Bills lost four consecutive Super Bowls earlier in the 1990s.