In the 1998-1999 season, the Stars won 51 games, surpassing the 50-win mark for the first time in franchise history. They also recorded 114 points, which still stands as a franchise record. They won the Pacific Division, their third consecutive division title; a second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy; the Jennings Trophy as the league’s top defensive team; and were awarded the top seed in the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs.
This was the Stars’ first Stanley Cup Finals appearance as the Dallas Stars although they did make the finals twice as the Minnesota North Stars. They played the Buffalo Sabres. The first four games were split, the Stars holding the Sabres to only one goal in the next two games, winning Game 5 and Game 6 on an overtime goal by Brett Hull. Hull’s goal at 14:51 of the third overtime was remembered as one of the most controversial goals ever scored due to the “crease rule”. Hull’s goal marked the 13th time a Stanley Cup-winning goal was scored in overtime, and only the 4th to be scored in multiple overtimes.