Kovalchuk Reflects On Lokomotiv Tragedy, Sets Sights On Playoffs

Via Richard Chere of The Star Ledger The tragedy of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash on Sept. 7 still weighs on the mind of Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk. He lost friends, former teammates and peers. “That’s a tragedy. Very sad. You can’t really say much,” Kovalchuk said today at the Prudential Center in Newark. “I

John Fischer of In Lou We Trust Breaks Down Kovalchuk’s Breakaway Beauty

Check out John Fischer’s August 15th piece entitled “NJ Devils Goal Breakdown: Ilya Kovalchuk’s Breakaway Beauty on 2/18/2011” on the In Lou We Trust blog. Excerpt I spent a good chunk of the offseason looking at the goals against the New Jersey Devils, separated by goaltenders Johan Hedberg and Martin Brodeur. While valuable, it’s not

Ilya Kovalchuk has one of the Best Wrist Shots in NHL History

The easiest way to defend a good shooter? Keep him off balance, of course. Well, unless that shooter’s name is Ilya Kovalchuk. Despite being knocked off of his first shot, Kovalchuk collects himself and deposits a laser beam into the top corner with very little balance. When it’s all said and done, we may look

Anssi Salmela signs with Avangard Omsk

Avangard Omsk have confirmed the signing of the Finnish defender Anssi Salmela, according to the official site of the Russian club. Last season the 26-year-old Finn played 48 matches for the New Jersey Devils, scoring 7 (1+6) points and recording 14 penalty minutes with a plus/minus statistics of -11. In the summer Salmela did not

Anton Volchenkov named Top 10 Homegrown Ottawa Senator

One of the hardest things in hockey to do is to identify what teenagers are going to become when they mature into men. Even harder than that is to keep those players they draft within the system and having them make an extended impact with the team. SenShot looks at the 10 most impactful Senators

Kovalchuk Scores 31st Goal In Season Finale

In many more words: this was brilliant. Kovalchuk’s first shot on the shift got deflected wide, but he kept it alive. Andy Greene and Anssi Salmela did well to keep the play alive while Kovalchuk circled back to the left side. A Ranger (Derek Stepan?) dropped his stick, opening the lane for Greene to make

Kovy Scores 29th Goal of The Season

Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the Devils with 5:59 to play, preventing Price from posting his ninth shutout. Darche deflected a backhand pass by Gionta from the left side boards midway through the first period to give Montreal a 1-0 lead to the roars of what seemed a Canadiens crowd in New Jersey. Brodeur kept the