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NHL Playoffs 2012: Ilya Kovalchuk Stars for New Jersey Devils in Game 3

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.
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