Ilya Kovalchuk continued his torrid pace with a goal and two assists in today's 5-2 win over Pittsburgh for his third consecutive three-point game.

Kovalchuk has three goals and seven assists during the team's four-game winning streak and now has 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 48 games this season – one behind Patrik Elias for the team lead.. That's 10 consecutive seasons with at least 50 points for Kovalchuk (he had 51 as NHL rookie in 2001-02)

Kovalchuk's goal, which opened the scoring 2:21 into the game, was the 750th point of his career. He then added assists on goals by Dainius Zubrus and Anton Volchenkov, giving him 752 points in 749 career regular season games.

"I'll trade all those points to be one day in the Stanley Cup Finals," Kovalchuk said. "I'll tell you that."