Look, if I needed to I could make a very convincing case that this goal - and this goal alone - was reason enough for Devils fans to be ecstatic about the progression of John Quenneville. Overreacting to one impressive clip recorded from an inferior league comes with the territory of being part of a fanbase desperate to see some offensive creativity inserted into the lineup. Fortunately I don't have to let a single highlight, played on loop, cloud my judgement - and more so my writing - because the person responsibility for it is in the middle of an exceptional playoff run. Even if he weren't, the skill and confidence he portrayed at full speed in a playoff game would have the blood rushing to my lower extremities, but thankfully this raging boner is at least semi-rooted in reality.
The oft-forgotten member of the Devils prospect pool has taken huge steps in living up to his draft position. A 30 goal season, 73 points in 57 games, and another 27 points in 21 playoff games? That's the type of production that not only warrants getting a little excited, but allows a fan to not feel completely vulnerable in doing so. This between the legs goal - and more importantly the balls it takes to execute it when the stakes of the game are so high - is exactly what is currently missing from the New Jersey Devils. If John Quenneville can bring even the smallest amount of whatever it was that he just flashed up through the ranks with him then the Devils future looks much better than even their most delusional, positive fans thought prior to this past season.
P.S. Also good to know that Keith Kinkaid was keeping his eye on the big club from the minors, because this stop was vintage Marty Brodeur...