Less than a year after experiencing the most controversial call in playoff history, the Buffalo Sabres were repeat victims of murky officiating.
In Game 2 of the 2000 Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers, winger John LeClair fired a shot on goaltender Dominik Hasek that looked like it had gone into the net. LeClair slowly started celebrating and Hasek stood confused, unsure of what had just happened.
The goal was reviewed and was upheld as a goal. Only minutes later did an ESPN camera angle reveal that the puck had entered the net from the side! From the side not the front. It ripped right through the mesh.
But it begs the question: Upon review, how could they miss the puck going into the net from the side?
The two men responsible for reviewing the goal, John D'Amico and Mike Condon, only spent 52 seconds reviewing the play and surprisingly didn't have access to the ESPN feed. The only views they had showed good goal.
When questioned as to why they didn't have the ESPN feed, D'Amico responded (via Sports Illustrated), "Good question."
The Flyers ended up winning the game 2-1. The margin of difference being one goal. One of the Flyers' goals went into the net from the front, legally. The other ripped through the side of the net, a perfect example of a game decided by the hands of others.
The fact that the people responsible for reviewing the goal were not provided with all the necessary angles to properly review the play is inexcusable and a reason the Sabres potentially lost the game, and this goal is one of the most controversial in playoff history.
Buffalo Sabres fans have a name for this play, they call it "No Goal II."
What's "No Goal I" then? Keep reading.