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 scored a goal in a 4-1 for SKA St. Petersburg over Spartak Moscow on Monday.
Up 2-0 on the team he played for when he was a youth, Kovalchuk provided the kill shot late in the second period. With Patrick Thoresen holding the puck at the side of the net, Kovalchuk broke to the goal on the opposite side. Thoresen fired a cross-slot pass to Kovalchuk, who corralled it and then buried it past goaltender Sergei Borisov for his ninth of the season. It came on the power play.
Thoresen had three assists for the game while Tony Martensson put up a pair of goals. Alexander Kucheryavenko added a tally in the third period.
Kovalchuk posted his power play goal in four shot attempts, while logging 13.37 of ice time in 16 shifts. Kovalchuk is now ninth in the league in goals, sixth in the league with 14 assists and sixth in the league with 23 points.
Kovalchuk and his crew are back in action on Wednesday when they go head-to-head with Dinamo Riga. They feature Former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Mikael Tellqvist, former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mathieu Carle, former Washington Capitals forward Alexandre Giroux, Ottawa Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins and former Edmonton Oilers forward Rob Schremp are featured on their roster.