Calgary Flames Flashback Friday: A Repeat of 2004?

CALGARY, AB - MAY 5: Sam Bennett
CALGARY, AB - MAY 5: Sam Bennett /

The 2004 playoff incident is a moment that Calgary Flames fans will remember for the rest of their lives. But did the Flames have a repeat of that incident?

We all know about the infamous No-Goal incident in 2004. Calgary Flames fans still remember it 13 years later and they’ll still probably remember it 13 years from now. I mean, are you even really truly a Flames fan if you’re not still angry about 2004?

In case you live under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about, we talked about this incident last week. I cried the entire time, thanks for asking.

But a brief summary of what happened, it was a call so controversial that it’s ranked by SportsCentre as Number 2 of most controversial calls in NHL history. Basically, in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Flames were up 3-2 in the series, and the score was tied at two a piece with under seven minutes left. Then it looked like Martin Gelinas scored! Or did he?

Refs would say the puck didn’t cross the line. You be the judge of that:

The Lightning would go on to win that game in double OT and would go on to win game 7 and take the Cup. A moment that left Flames fans furious. It would have been their first Cup since 1989 and only their second in franchise history. Jarome Iginla would have a Cup, a Canadian team would have a cup – since no Canadian club has won a cup since 1993.

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Now, let’s fast forward to 11 years later. The Calgary Flames made the playoffs in the 2014-2015 season for the first time in six years. And, in a fun surprise, they made it to the second round! The first time in 11 years – since 2004.

It was game 3 of the second round against the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks were up 2-0 in the series (stupid Honda Center curse). There was a little over six minutes left of the third period. (hm this sounds similar to 04…). The Flames were down 3-2 and desperately needed a goal if they wanted a chance of getting out of this round alive. And what happens? Sam Bennett shoots the puck and Freddie Andersen seems to save it.

Or does he?

After replay, it seems that the puck crossed the line. And this situation looks almost identical to the 2004 situation.

But after further review, the refs said it was inconclusive that it completely crossed the line, so no goal. And boy were the boos ever loud at the ‘Dome.

Like I said, it was Gelinas before who had the no goal in 2004. Gelinas is now an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames. He was probably on the bench having war flashbacks like “My God, no. Don’t tell me this is happening again.” Everyone in the stands was chanting “It was in!” Everyone at the bar I was at was chanting, “It was in!”. People had signs at the games saying “It was in – 04”. Like I said, 04 is a moment Flames fans will remember for years and years to come.

Now THANKFULLY the Calgary Flames managed to tie this one up with just 20 seconds left thanks to Mr. Johnny Gaudreau. And they would go on to win this one in overtime as well! Yay!

I mean, spoiler alert, but they lost the next two and the Ducks took the series 4-1, but it was a hell of a series and definitely a lot of fun for Flames fans! Except for, you know, that whole no-goal situation.

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I can still hear “It was in” in my nightmares.