Since Hurricane Sandy is going to keep much of the Northeast inside their homes over the next few days, let’s catch up on some New Jersey Devils news. Ilya Kovalchuk had two points on Friday in SKA St. Petersburg’s 4-2 loss at the hands of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.
Early in the game, Kovalchuk was high sticked and fell to the ice in a heap. He would be ok, however. At the 9:16 mark of the period, he rifled a one-timer by goaltender Vitaly Koval to give SKA the 1-0 lead. Afterwards we were treated to a fun “Kovalchukian” celebration.
With just under three minutes to go in the first period, Kovalchuk made a sweet backhand pass to the middle of the ice that Vladimir Tarasenko buried for a 2-0 lead.
SKA would fall in this game, however, as they allowed four unanswered goals to Torpedo. One of them came in the second and three of them were posted in the third stanza.
Kovalchuk finished the game with a +1 rating and three shots on goal, as he was on the ice for 20:24 as he took 24 shifts in the game.
Through Sunday, Kovalchuk is fifth in the KHL with 22 points and sixth in the circuit with 14 assists.
SKA is back in action today as they take on Spartak Moscow. Notables on Spartak are former Philadelphia Flyers forwards Stefan Ruzicka and Branko Radiovojevic.