Devils fans launch beer cans on ice after NHL refs call back third New Jersey goal

Devils fans launch beer cans on ice after NHL refs call back third New Jersey goal

Devils fans launch beer cans on ice after NHL refs call back third New Jersey goal

New Jersey Devils fans were not happy with the referees disallowing a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs and began throwing beer and other objects onto the ice in frustration.

The Maple Leafs, up 2-0 with 11:07 left in the third period against the Devils, a team on a 13-game winning streak, went back to the locker room to avoid any of the debris hitting them.

Erik Haula, who put it in the back of the net against Toronto, went onto the ice to ask the fans to stop throwing things so they could resume play.

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Erik Haula #56 of the New Jersey Devils skates during the first period of the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 23, 2022 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Erik Haula #56 of the New Jersey Devils skates during the first period of the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 23, 2022 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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Some fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ didn’t get the message.

It was the third Devils goal of the game that was called back, this time with Haula kicking the puck that appears to come off his stick and into the net for a shorthanded goal.

The first time the referees disallowed a goal against the Devils came on a shot by Jonas Siegenthaler that saw Nathan Bastian interfere with Maple Leafs goaltender Matt Murray. The referees immediately called it a no-goal.

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Then Tomas Tatar skated in on Murray as the netminder cleared the puck behind his net, but it quickly rebounded and crossed the red line for a goal. Again the refs called interference.

Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils watches before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center on November 23, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.

Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils watches before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center on November 23, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.
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When they saw it for the third time, the fans’ messages were not enough to show their frustration.

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When play resumed, Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton wasted no time getting New Jersey’s first genuine goal of the game, putting a deflection past Murray to make it a 2-1 game.

But it wasn’t enough, as Toronto eventually handed New Jersey its first loss in 14 games, ending a franchise-record winning streak. Pontus Holmberg and John Tavares were the scorers for the Maple Leafs.

Matt Murray #30 of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes a save in front of Nathan Bastian #14 of the New Jersey Devils in the second period at the Prudential Center on November 23, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.

Matt Murray #30 of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes a save in front of Nathan Bastian #14 of the New Jersey Devils in the second period at the Prudential Center on November 23, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.
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Devils fans will leave the Prudential Center frustrated with how it went, but hoping their team can start another winning streak when they face the Buffalo Sabers on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

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