20 Cent’s game-winner last night was no beauty. In fact, it was a pretty ugly goal. But who cares? A goal is a goal, no matter how pretty it is. Ugly goals come from hard work, and in this case a true talent.
Stars fans, of course can relate to this mantra. The goal that won us our first and only Cup came from Hall of Famer (and Ambassador of Fun), Brett Hull. You would think that it’d be a “hull” of a shot that came from him. It wasn’t though. Rather, it was a goal earned from a lot of chipping and persistance. That goal isn’t ugly. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
Speaking of Hull’s cup winner, people are now using Kaner’s OT winner in the same sentence as Hull’s. Both were chippy plays. Both were confusing. And, yes, both were actual goals.
I see no difference.
I love corny puns for titles like the one above. And I especially love ones about Brett Hull. I just think that’s awesome. Anyway, no game review for the recent back-to-back. I was all pumped about beating Vancouver and that creepy ginger kid goalie they’ve got. Then they went and lost to Minnesota. Freaking last-place-in-the-West Minnesota. Depressing.
Anyway, it’s Hall of Fame Day. Dallas’ own Brett Hull has been elected into the HOF. Cool, right? He’s the first Star to ever have the honor. And probably not the last since Joe Nieuwendyk’s a shoo-in next year, Carbonneau will get it one of these years, and Mike Modano is freaking Mike Modano.
But Hull’s special. For us Stars fans, he’s a hero. He won us our Stanley Cup. And sure, it was controversial, but pssh! Do we care? No. What counts is that we took a risk on this superstar and it paid off. They say we couldn’t have won without Nieuwendyk, but we might not have won it without Hull. He was the missing piece that gave us a Cup.
Hull is third on the all-time goals list. That’s only behind Gretzky and Howe. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that Hull never really cared about the sport. He was fun-loving and goofy, and didn’t really care about anything. That’s why “Ambassador of Fun” is a fitting nickname for him as well.
And then there was the shot. What. A. Bullet. somehow he always managed to find the back of the net. I’m not old enough to remember any of Hull very well, but I’ve watched countless Stars Cup videos. Watching Hull, what I really noticed was his shot. It really kind of freaked me out how good it was. Hull was scary good.
With Hull going to the Hall, it’s a proud moment for us Stars fans. One of our own is finally in the Hall. Don’t ever forget what Hull brought to the Stars in those three years he was here. Don’t remember “that mistake”, remember the goal in triple OT of Game 6 back in ’99. Because that’s what Brett Hull should be to Stars fans.
It counted. Now shut up and move on, people.
When I wandered around The Hockey News, I found an article by Jason Kay, where he recounted the top 20 events that had happened since he’d been working at THN. I thought it’d be one of those nice little reminiscent pieces where he recounted his favorite moments.
To be honest, I didn’t expect “No Goal” to be on there. I mean, it’s a goal that’s looked back on in shame for a lot of people. And, it came from the Dallas Stars, who they don’t really say much about up in Canada.
I smiled at times while reading the list (mainly, “The Goal” by Alex Ovechkin, which never ceases to amze me; it was ranked at #14), then there were times when I just wanted to cry for being forced to remember something I didn’t want to remember (pretty much only the Dany Heatley/Dan Snyder crash at #6).
So, you can imagine my surprise when I saw “No Goal” at number two, only behind Mario Lemiex’s return after cancer treatment. I guess that prt of me expected it to be on the list, just way down low on it. But, no. It’s number 2.
Here’s what Jason Kay had to say about “No Goal”:
2. No goal, June 19, 1999. High drama. High controversy. High embarrassment. On the bright side, Brett Hull’s triple overtime Stanley Cup-winner over Buffalo helped drive a dagger through the heart of an ill-conceived rule.
It’s amazing how it will never, ever go away isn’t it?
The rest of the list is here.