Did Ilya Kovalchuk just play the best playoff game of his career? On Game 3 Thursday night in Newark, Kovalchuk returned from injury to log a goal and two assists, including the setup of Alexei Ponikarovsky's overtime winner, as the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. During a stretch when the character of many Eastern European players is being called into question, the oft-maligned Kovalchuk is bucking the trend.
There wasn't much to look forward to last night when the Edmonton Oilers took on the New Jersey Devils in a battle of the league's two worst teams, but an overtime winner from Ilya Kovalchuk and a fight between Zack Stortini and Dav... Read Post
Playing for his fifth team in the past three years, Alexei Ponikarovsky put an exclamation point on what has been a turbulent stretch in his career, sneaking a backhander past the Flyers' Ilya Bryzgalov with 2:39 left in overtime to... Read Post