Erik Haula tried to stop fans from throwing things on the ice, then delivered the quote of the year about it
The New Jersey Devils were riding a 13-game winning streak heading into the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs; they had their eyes set on setting a new franchise record for most consecutive wins.
The Devils have an exciting group of young players, and are expected to be cup contenders in a couple of years. Few pundits would have guessed they would be flying so high this season, but the Devils have exceeded all expectations, and a 13-game winning streak is nothing but respect.
In hindsight, they really could have extended the streak to 14, but it was a tough game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, with an ugly finish. The Devils had three goals disallowed, some questionable, and the fans did not take it well. Fans began pelting the ice with random objects as the Maple Leafs took a 2-0 lead.
Erik Haula immediately jumped off the bench to get the fans to stop throwing things on the ice, and at the same time, the Toronto players marched to the locker room.
“I don’t care if I spill a beer, but I’ve got the equipment. There’s other people there and you’d hate to see somebody get hit with something in the head,” Haula said.
The Devils, who also hit two shots in the game, were disappointed. But Erik Haula also had one hell of a date after the game, talking about trying to stop fans from throwing things on the ice.
“I tried to wave to (the fans) to stop (throwing things), but I think I was also given a chicken finger during that time … so whatever,” he said.
You never like it when fans act like Devils fans did last night, but Haula’s quote remains an instant classic.
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