Down 2-1, the New Jersey Devils needed all of the help they can get. Seinfeld fan favorite David Puddy showed up at the Prudential Center on Wednesday night, face painted and all, because “you gotta support the team.”

Well, with the New Jersey Devils back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they need all of the help they can get. And what better way to pump up the crowd than with the return of David Puddy himself, face and chest painted in all of his glory, just like the original Seinfeld episode.

Unfortunately, Puddy’s surprise return wasn’t enough to power the Devils to a victory. New Jersey dropped the contest to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-1. The Lightning now lead the series 3-1.

If there is one thing that David Puddy has taught us, it’s that “you gotta support the team.”

Portrayed by Patrick Warburton, David Puddy was one of the many boyfriends of Elaine Benes, who appeared across 10 episodes of Seinfeld from 1995-98. Despite being a minor character, most of us adored Puddy’s indifference to almost everything and sealed his place in all of our hearts with several memorable moments.

Undeniably at the top of that list is his scene-stealing performance in “The Face-Painter”, an episode where Jerry, Kramer, and Elaine explore a new side of Puddy after bringing him to a Rangers-Devils Playoff game. Elaine is mortified to realize that her boyfriend is a “face-painter” and threatens him with an ultimatum after his rowdy behavior during the game.


So if the Devils being on the verge of elimination has you down, take a moment to enjoy this compilation of David Puddy’s best moments on Seinfeld.

First Anthony Swarzak and the New York Mets, and now Patrick Warburton and the New Jersey Devils. New York sports will always be rich with Seinfeld references.

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