The 2011-2012 New Jersey Devils season was the most memorable year in quite some time. It was filled with great moments in both the regular season and the postseason. Even though they came up two games short of the ultimate goal, it was a season Devils fans thoroughly enjoyed. With that said, let’s have some fun and reminisice on some of the best goal celebrations from the past year.
The fifth-best celebration on our list is Ilya Kovalchuk’s hat trick against the New York Islanders back in March. Kovy is known to emotionally and physically portray how he feels after a goal. Heck, you could have made a list like this for 2010-2011 with JUST great Kovy celebrations. After this goal, the Russian simply let out a primal scream, like fellow European Mattias Andersson. (Editor note: Yes, that is probably the first and last World Series of Poker reference I’ll make. I promise. FYI, only the first seven seconds are necessary to watch of that video.)
Skip ahead to 2:37 to see Kovalchuk freak out.
Kovalchuk is also number four on our list. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the New York Rangers was the setting. It was one of the prettiest goals you’ll ever see, a score in which all five Devils on the ice touched the puck consecutively. Kovalchuk celebrated in a similar fashion to most every Devil fan at the Prudential Center that night; he jumped and bumped into the glass as the raucous Rock arena erupted into a chorus of joy.
This next celebration, the third on our list, came under one of the biggest pressure moments of the postseason. In Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Devils faced elimination in overtime against the Florida Panthers. Travis Zajac scored the biggest goal of his life. The best part of this celebration is that it was two-fold. First, Zajac essentially starts doing the running man and does his best Mike Eruzione impression. Following that, Zach Parise leaps and does a mini ninja-style kick, nearly piercing Zajac’s stomach. No injuries occurred during the making of this blog post. The Devils advanced to Game Seven and went on the claim the round.
In the semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers, David Clarkson scored a goal the way he usually does; right around the net mouth. Three Flyers were chasing the play and one of them barreled right into the big Devils winger. He scored on the play and ended up perfectly balanced on the crossbar. I’m surprised Parise and Bryce Salvador didn’t start using him as a playground seesaw.
Easily the best Devils goal celebration of the season was done by Dainius Zubrus. In a March game against Washington, Zubie scored a goal in front of the crease as he was being taken down. He tumbled as he backhanded the puck home. His momentum carried him to his back and then decided to ATTEMPT a backwards somersault (keyword being attempt). Parise was quoted after the game as saying that Zubrus’s break dance move was “embarrassing”. I don’t think Zubrus will be auditioning for a part in You Got Served 3, not that anyone would really want to anyway. Have a look for yourself.
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Tags: Bryce Salvador Dainius Zubrus David Clarkson Eastern Conference Florida Panthers Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey Devils New York Islanders New York Rangers Philadelphia Flyers Prudential Center Travis Zajac Washington Capitals Zach Parise