Move over Dubya. Ilya Kovalchuk is The Decider. Officially. The Big Shot set the NHL record for most game-deciding goals in a season with his seventh in the Devils' 1-0 shootout victory over the Avalanche at the Prudential Center. "It's an extra point, so it's important," Kovalchuk said. "If I wouldn't go first, I wouldn't get the game-deciding goal. It's nice that [coach] Pete [DeBoer] decided to let me go first." The Devils' 11-3 shootout record is the signature of their season, and Kovalchuk's 10-2 success rate is the John Hancock flourish that is much of that difference, helping make a playoff berth all-but-certain.
Kovalchuk sparks Devils
New York Post | Mar 16