NHL: New Jersey 4, Tampa Bay 2

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A shorthanded goal from Ilya Kovalchuk put New Jersey in front for good Thursday and the Devils went on to defeat Tampa Bay 4-2.

NHL: New Jersey 3, Washington 2 (OT)

NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored with 21 seconds left in the overtime period Friday to give New Jersey a 3-2 triumph over Washington.

NHL: New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 0

NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Martin Brodeur logged a shutout Tuesday -- the 120th of his career -- backstopping New Jersey to a 3-0 decision over Philadelphia in the Devils' home opener.

Kovalchuk signs with European team

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk, out of work because of the NHL lockout, is heading overseas to play in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.
NHL: New Jersey 3, Los Angeles 1

NHL: New Jersey 3, Los Angeles 1

LOS ANGELES, June 6 (UPI) -- Adam Henrique put New Jersey in front with 4:31 to play Wednesday and the Devils extended the NHL season with a 3-1 victory over Los Angeles.

NHL: New Jersey 3, New York Rangers 2 (OT)

NEWARK, N.J., May 25 (UPI) -- Adam Henrique scored 63 seconds into overtime Friday, sending the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

NHL: New Jersey 3, New York Rangers 2

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) -- David Clarkson put New Jersey in front early in the third period Wednesday and the Devils held on for a series-tying, 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

NHL: New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 1

PHILADELPHIA, May 8 (UPI) -- Martin Brodeur stopped 27-of-28 shots Tuesday and the New Jersey Devils advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia.

NHL: New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)

NEWARK, N.J., May 3 (UPI) -- Alexei Ponikarovsky scored with 2:39 to go in the first overtime period Thursday, sending New Jersey to a 4-3 victory and a series lead over Philadelphia.

NHL: New Jersey 3, Florida 2 (OT)

NEWARK, N.J., April 24 (UPI) -- Travis Zajac netted the game-winner 5:39 into overtime Tuesday, enabling the New Jersey Devils to defeat Florida 3-2 and avoid first-round playoff elimination.

NHL: New Jersey 4, Florida 0

NEWARK, N.J., April 19 (UPI) -- Martin Brodeur made 26 saves to record the 24th playoff shutout of his illustrious career Thursday, carrying the New Jersey Devils to a 4-0 win over Florida.

NHL: Florida 4, New Jersey 2

SUNRISE, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- Stephen Weiss scored two power-play goals Sunday and Florida hung on for a 4-2 win over New Jersey, evening its first-round Eastern Conference series at 1-1.

NHL: New Jersey 4, Ottawa 2

NEWARK, N.J., April 7 (UPI) -- Stephen Gionta put New Jersey in front with his first NHL goal Saturday and the Devils went on to down Ottawa 4-2 in a meeting of playoff-bound teams.

NHL: New Jersey 3, New York Islanders 1

NEWARK, N.J., April 3 (UPI) -- Patrik Elias notched goal and an assist Tuesday and the New Jersey Devils tuned up for the playoffs with a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders.

NHL: Tampa Bay 3, Winnipeg 2 (OT)

TAMPA, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- Steven Stamkos notched a record-setting goal 45 seconds into overtime for Tampa Bay Saturday, handing the Lightning a 3-2 victory over Winnipeg.
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Ilya Kovalchuk
The Atlanta Thrashers Ilya Kovalchuk (17) takes a shot in the first period against the Washington Capitals on November 4, 2005 in a game at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)

Ilya Valeryevich Kovalchuk (Russian: Илья́ Вале́рьевич Ковальчу́к; born April 15, 1983) is a Russian professional ice hockey left winger who is an alternate captain of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. Drafted first overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, he began his NHL career in 2001–02 with Atlanta and was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as league rookie-of-the-year. He is a three-time NHL All-Star and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal-scorer in 2004 in a three-way tie with Jarome Iginla and Rick Nash. After eight seasons with the Thrashers, he was traded to the Devils in February 2010. As a free agent he signed a 17 year, $102 million contract with the Devils in 2010, but the contract was ruled invalid by the NHL; new terms of 15 years and $100 million were later signed.

Internationally, Kovalchuk has played for Russia in the IIHF World U18 Championship, World Junior Championship, World Championship, World Cup and Winter Olympics, highlighted by back-to-back gold medals in the 2008 and 2009 World Championship.

Kovalchuk played for Russian Super League club HC Spartak Moscow for two seasons before entering the NHL. Drafted by the Thrashers first overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he became the first Russian to be drafted first overall in the NHL's history. In club-level competition, Kovalchuk wore the number 17 as a tribute to Valeri Kharlamov, a Soviet superstar in the 1970s.

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