Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

If Kovy Gets Going, Devils Will Go to Playoffs

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

If Kovy Gets Going, Devils Will Go to Playoffs

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When the Devils last visited Winnipeg six weeks ago, the Jets' fans booed Ilya Kovalchuk every time he touched the puck, which prompted the star wing to joke, "They should support me. Maybe I'm one of the reasons why they moved here, right?"

Kovalchuk's inference, in jest, was that if he had opted to re- sign with the Thrashers two seasons ago, perhaps the team would not have moved from Atlanta to Winnipeg last summer.

At the time, there were probably some Devils' fans who wanted to boo him, too. The 4-2 loss to the Jets that night was the team's fourth in a row and, though Kovalchuk had two goals and three assists over that stretch, he also was on the ice for 13 of the 17 total goals the Devils allowed.

Kovalchuk and the Devils return to MTS Centre this afternoon, and he's in the middle of a run now that makes you understand why the team wanted him so badly two years ago. He's got five goals and three assists in his past four games, raising his season totals to 17 goals and 38 points in 38 games this season - numbers definitely worthy of an All-Star Game invitation that he did not receive. …

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