OT marker pains d-man

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:10 PM ET


 TAMPA -- In the aftermath of The Goal No One Saw, Rhett Warrener admits he's still haunted.

 Not by Martin Gelinas' third-period deflection into the pads of Nikolai Khabibulin Saturday but by Brett Hull's tainted goal in double overtime of Game 6 to clinch the Stanley Cup for Dallas over Warrener's Buffalo Sabres in 1999.

 Replays showed Hull was clearly in violation of the now-defunct rule prohibiting players from touching the goalmouth paint. And while the rest of the hockey world could plainly see Hull's goal should have been waved off, Warrener said Gelinas' goal is completely different.

 "I wish it had gone in and we won the game but it was a tough call," said the Flames defenceman, who was unaware of the Game 6 controversy until he went home and saw replays on ABC that clearly showed the puck going over the goalline as Khabibulin made the spectacular pad 'save' late in a 2-2 game.

 "It's not like there was a stop in play and someone blew it. There was no red flag or any concerns over it. We didn't have a clue about it -- that's how fast it happened. Even with the replays, it was still tough to see. I tell you what, it sure wasn't as obvious as some of the ones I've seen before," he added, alluding once again to Hull's painful goal.

 The biggest difference in his eyes is Hull's goal cost him a Stanley Cup ring while Saturday's non-goal can be atoned for in Game 7 tonight.

 "No one will remember it when we win (tonight)," said Warrener, who was then asked if he's 'over' Hull's goal yet.

 "Oh no, you still think about it. I am hoping to be over it a lot more (today)."


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