All eyes will be focused on Ilya Kovalchuk for at least the beginning of this hockey season due to his controversial 15-year, $100 million contract that he landed with the New Jersey Devils. Adding him to the roster was not an easy task, but after all of the contract complications in the off-season Kovalchuk finally received his chance to show the New Jersey Devils that it was all worth it. And Kovalchuk did not disappoint.
On Tuesday night he helped the Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers in a 3-2 preseason victory. It was late in the third period, and the score was 2-1 Flyers when Kovalchuk drew a penalty on Ben Holmstrom. Just 55 seconds after the penalty took effect, Travis Zajac scored the tying goal for New Jersey. After that, Kovalchuk made the Devils happy when he scored a the final rising shot over goalie Brian Boucher.
The Devils showed much discipline this game as they only committed two minor penalties. Martin Brodeur stopped 26 of 28 shots, including many tough saves. Overall the Devils started off slow, but showed improvement as the game went on.
After this game the Flyers fell to 3-1-1 while the Devils are 1-0-3 in the preseason. The New Jersey Devils will play their next preseason game on Friday, October 1, 2010 against the New York Islanders.
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