Mystery marker

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:56 PM ET

 If a puck goes in the net and there's no one there to see it, is it still a goal?

 If you ask Robyn Regehr, he'll answer in the affirmative.

  The Flames blueliner was credited with an empty-net goal with 1/10 of a second remaining in the Flames' series-clinching Game 6 victory Wednesday night against San Jose.

 With Evgeni Nabokov on the bench, Sharks' Alexander Korolyuk -- booed heartily throughout the series -- attempted to centre the puck from behind the Flames goal but inadvertently lifted it the length of the ice into his own cage.

 Asked if he'd given Regehr a hard time about picking up the cheap goal, fellow d-man Mike Commodore was oblivious.

 "What goal?" he asked with all sincerity. "The one against Detroit?"

 No, Mike. The empty-netter in the last game.

 "I didn't even know there was an empty-net goal to be honest with you," he said, slightly embarrassed.

 "It was 3-1? I had no idea.

 "I looked up, there was three seconds left and I jumped on the ice."

 Commodore, it turns out, wasn't alone in not witnessing the goal.

 Regehr himself didn't even see it cross the line.

 "I saw it was going down the ice and I knew time would run out so I just turned and started congratulating Miikka (Kiprusoff)," Regehr said.

 "I didn't hear about it until I was stepping off the ice. They announced it about 10 minutes later once they figured out I was the last guy to touch the puck."

 He may have avoided some good-natured ribbing from Commodore over padding his playoff stats but Regehr didn't escape totally unscathed.

 "I got a fair bit of grief from a lot of my friends -- they've been leaving phone messages -- for scoring such a beautiful goal.

 "I was just happy because I knew we were going to win. That was just a little bonus."

 Andrew Ference, still looking for his first playoff marker, said he was in no position to be poking fun.

 "I'd take it," he said. "I'd take it in a second."

 Craig Conroy didn't miss it. In fact he was pretty excited because he thought Kiprusoff was the last Flames player to touch the puck and thought the 'tender would get credit for the freak goal.


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