Kovalchuk Scores 400th NHL Goal, Devils Edge Senators
Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 400th NHL goal, and backup goalie Johan Hedberg made it stand up in the New Jersey Devils’ 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
While working the point on the power play, Kovalchuk took a pass from defenseman Marek Zidlicky and fired a slap shot past goalie Ben Bishop with 2:40 left in the second period. The calm Kovalchuk kept his arms down and waited at the blue line for his teammates to come to him for a subdued celebration.
Kovalchuk also has 376 assists in 771 NHL regular-season games — the first 694 with the Atlanta Thrashers.
Subbing for Martin Brodeur, who lost 4-2 at the New York Rangers on Monday, Hedberg made 34 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. He saved a first-period penalty shot by Erik Condra, who was tripped from behind on a breakaway by defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
Bishop made 33 saves.
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