New Jersey Devils: How Was It Possible To Score On Yourself Three Times?

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 9: Pontus Aberg #20 and the Anaheim Ducks celebrate a first period goal against Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils during the game on December 9, 2018 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 9: Pontus Aberg #20 and the Anaheim Ducks celebrate a first period goal against Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils during the game on December 9, 2018 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The New Jersey Devils put on the worst performance in front of Cory Schneider in the past year. They may have scored five goals on the Anaheim Ducks net, but they actually scored eight.

There are not words for the performance the New Jersey Devils put on the ice on Sunday night in Anaheim. The matchup became centered around Adam Henrique and Sami Vatanen playing against their former team, but it became much more than that. In fact, two former Ducks players actually scored while playing for the Devils. There was only one problem.

The New Jersey Devils scored three own goals on Sunday night. Now that it happened, we have ask, how is that even possible?

Well, not only did they score three own goals, but they did it in three different ways.

Own goal number one came at the hands, or feet, of former Ducks player Stefan Noesen. The Devils claimed him off waivers a few seasons ago, but clearly he had to do his former team a solid. This just adds to the rough season for Noesen.

This had to be it for the Devils bad luck, right? It doesn’t get worse than scoring on your own net. Well, sit tight folks.

Mr. Ben Lovejoy tried to play catch with Pontus Aberg. Unfortunately, he plays the one major sport where catching is not a major part of the game. He doesn’t have good practice with it, and he basically dropped it right in the net.

Fine. The Devils inexplicably scored two own goals on themselves against the worst scoring team in the league. A team that needs all the help they can get, got it from their opponent. However, as they say, but wait, there’s more.

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Andy Greene, who’s having a bad season himself, saw a puck that was batted high into the air. He tried to bat it out of the air, again trying to take from another sport. He hit the puck off the side of his stick, and put it right into the net. His own net, which gave the Ducks the lead.

The Devils were able to score with about a minute left to push it into overtime, but they lost again. They had every chance to win, but they legit gave the win to the Ducks.

It’s almost one year to the day since the Devils last scored five goals for Cory Schneider. It was December 15th of last year when Schneider beat the Dallas Stars 5-2. The Devils finally scored goals for Cory, but they also scored goals on Cory. It’s something we, hopefully, never see again.