Devils fans launch beer cans onto ice after NHL referees recall New Jersey’s third goal

New Jersey Devils fans were not happy when umpires disallowed a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs and began throwing beer and other items on the ice in frustration.

The Maple Leafs, leading 2-0 with 11:07 to go in the third period against the Devils, a team on a 13-game win streak, went back to their locker room to avoid being hit by the debris.

Erik Haula, who put the ball into the back of the net against Toronto, took to the ice to tell 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.
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Some fans at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ didn’t get the message.

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

The first time umpires 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 referee immediately called it not a goal.

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Next, Tomas Tatar skated into Murray as the netminder cleared the puck from behind his net, but quickly bounced back and crossed the redline for a goal. But again, umpires called interference.

Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils looks on ahead of 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’ booing wasn’t enough to show their frustration.

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Once play resumed, Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton wasted no time in scoring New Jersey’s first real goal of the game, running a deflection for Murray to make it a 2–1 game.

But it wasn’t enough, as Toronto finally handed New Jersey their first loss in 14 games, ending their win streak that tied a franchise record. Pontus Holmberg and John Tavares were the scorers for the Maple Leafs.

Matt Murray #30 of the Toronto Maple Leafs saves for 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 Prudential Center frustrated with how that went, but hope their team can start another win streak when they take on the Buffalo Sabres at 8pm ET on Friday.

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