The 93 division semi's game 4 was a black spot on the NHL's officiating. The Blues were going to take the series anyway, being up 3 games to 0, but did it have to end like that?! I don't see how anyone with any knowledge of the NHL rules can honestly say that Belfour wasn't interfered with on that play. Regardless of what you'd like the rule to be, a goaltender out of his crease is NOT fair game. Janney's goal should have been disallowed, and if anyone has footage of that, I'd love to see it again.
Bitterness aside, Joseph played the series of his life.
Here we go...
I was at this game and I have it on tape...I'll try and put this portion of the game up on youtube soon.
The way I remember it, Belfour and Hull went behind the net...Belfour took a shot at Hull behind the net (pushed him, shoved him, whatever) and that slowed Belfour down as he tried to get back in front.
Hull didn't check him...he didn't think he was "fair game"...it was incidental contact if I remember correctly. And if the referee thought Hull made an effort to get out of the way, it doesn't matter if Hull makes contact.
If anything, you could say Belfour went after Hull by giving him a shot as they crossed behind the net.
That's how I remember it. I'll break out the tape and we can see for sure.
And what you don't see on the tape, is how Belfour threw his stick at Rob Shick after breaking it over the crossbar. How he didn't get fined or suspended for that, I'll never know.
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