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Kovalchuk scores late game winner for se

Postby sherry2018love » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:15 am

NEWARK, N.J. - Ilya Kovalchuk is finally playing like a US$ Graham Gano Jersey 100 million man.Kovalchuk scored with 3:59 to play for his second game-winning goal in as many nights and the New Jersey Devils won the matchup of the NHL's hottest teams with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night."I've seen it before," said Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg, who played with Kovalchuk in Atlanta. "This is the fifth year I've been with him. He's an elite player in the world. Like everybody else, he had a slower start than he wanted. You can tell he's stepped it up a couple of notches. He's playing a complete hockey game all over the ice and he's scoring the big goals."The turnaround has coincided with the late-December coaching change that saw Jacques Lemaire replace John MacLean.Kovalchuk not only has developed his two-way game under Lemaire, he has rediscovered his scoring touch, tallying 11 of his 19 goals since the switch Daryl Worley Jersey ."We're all playing better," said Kovalchuk, who has nine goals in the Devils' current 12-1-2 spurt that has kindled playoffs hopes. "It seems like we never Star Lotulelei Jersey stop battling. That's character. That's when you feel comfortable to play confident with the puck and without it and we get the bounces. We didn't feel that in the first 30 games, that's for sure."This game was a mirror of the last three. They fell behind and found a way to come back.Brian Rolston had tied the game earlier in the third period on a power play and Hedberg made 31 saves to keep the Sharks at bay as New Jersey won its fourth straight.Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose, which had a season-high five-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in Mario Addison Jersey regulation in 11 games (9-1-1)."You don't want to see the streak end, that's for sure," Marleau said. "I think we carried the play a lot of the game and didn't find the back of the net. It's something we wanted to keep going. Now we have to start a new one."
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