The 2019-2020 New Jersey Devils season has been one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory. After having such a great offseason, it seemed the Devils were making a push to be a good team again. When the season finally arrived, fans had no idea how awful the team was about to be. Despite all this, the Devils gave us great moments, showing this team can do good in bad seasons like these.
We begin on opening night goal from a player that fans wished could’ve been here longer.
Devils to Betsy
On October 4th, 2019, the Devils had their opening game of the season at home against the Winnipeg Jets. Fans were expecting a big opening night win with the new roster. For the first two periods, that would seem to be the case. Nikita Gusev, acquired in the summer, scored his first NHL goal late in the 1st period.
Early in the 2nd period, Coleman scored his first goal of the season after he received a puck from a Mark Scheifele turnover in the zone where Laurent Brossoit was. During the middle of the period, a Sami Vatanen shot hit under the arm of Brossoit then bounced into the net. Vatanen scored his first goal of the year at all of a sudden it was 3-0. Devils fans could not be feeling more joyful. Then Blake Coleman provided a highlight that we will watch over and over again.
Causing a Blake Coleman
After the Devils won the faceoff in their defensive zone, P.K. Subban decided to dump the puck. Coleman then decided to try and make an effort to beat Jets D Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov tried to fight back against Coleman beat him to gain possession of the puck. Coleman stretched his body to shoot the puck. While he did end up falling, Coleman pushed the puck back, and the puck got past Brossoit to make the score 4-0. When Coleman celebrated with his teammates, the crowd at the Prudential Center was shocked at what happened. As someone who was there, I had a look on my face that said the goal of the year. Though sadly, this is where the happiness ends because, after the goal, the dream of a good season just ended.
Towards the end of the second period, Kulikov finally put the Jets on the board. However, the third period was about to show why this season was a disaster. Thanks to a goal by Jack Roslovic with almost 3 minutes into the third period, the Jets were right back in this game. But more bad news would spread on the horizon as Cory Schneider, who was poised to have a good comeback season, left the game with an apparent injury. Mackenzie Blackwood was now the only chance for the Devils to try and stave off the Jets.
However, with goals from Mathieu Perreault and Neal Pionk, the Jets had come back to tie this game. Devils fans are stunned at how the team went from being hot to cold in just of a matter of 1 period. While no goals in overtime, the game had to go in a shootout to determine who would get the first two points for both teams.
While Nikita Gusev did get the Devils started early in the shootout, it wasn’t enough as Kyle Connor, and Blake Wheeler scored to finish off the game and give the Jets a comeback win to start the season. For the Devils and their fans, this loss began a season. What can Devils fans and Blake Coleman take away from this horrible game to make it a great moment?
How Can Blake Coleman and the Fans Look Back on This?
When Coleman was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in February due to the trade deadline, fans felt sad at first but understood this needed to happen. The Devils and the fans needed to start trading players some good players away. They know this season wasn’t going to work out, so it’s best to begin to try and rebuild again.
For the fans, they got to witness an unbelievable goal live and considered to be a goal of the year candidate. That usually doesn’t happen very often with the Devils. For Blake Coleman himself, he has a goal people can look back and be amazed by how he scored it. If he ends up retiring, both the fans and Coleman know they will look back at an extraordinary moment in such a terrible time. Please read my next article when we will look at the Devils #1 overall pick scoring his first goal against an exceptional opponent.
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