Tag:Ilya Kovalchuk
Posted on: April 22, 2010 10:53 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 11:28 pm

Series Recap: Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 1

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: New Jersey-Philadelphia

Series MVP: Brian Boucher, G, Philadelphia Flyers

At no point during the regular season did the Flyers consider Boucher their No. 1 netminder. That is likely to change after his superb effort Philadelphia's defeat of the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. In five games, Boucher posted a .940 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average. Aside from a 5-3 loss in Game 2, in which he allowed four goals, Boucher held the Devils to two or fewer goals. And in Game 5, when the Flyers were without leading goal scorer Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne , the netminder stepped up his game with a 28-save shutout.

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
Erin Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
Dennis Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.


No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at New Jersey PHI, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 16 at New Jersey NJ, 5-3 Recap
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia PHI, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia PHI, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 22 at New Jersey PHI, 3-0 Recap
Philadelphia wins series, 4-1

Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:23 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 10:28 pm

Win a first for Kovalchuk

By Erin Brown

Ilya Kovalchuk can finally celebrate a postseason win.

Kovalchuk contributed a goal and two assists in New Jersey's 5-3 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

He put an end to Philadelphia's comeback attempt, by netting an empty-net goal with 33 seconds to play.

The three-point night is a postseason-high for Kovalchuk.

Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:49 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 5 Ottawa Senators at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Ottawa leads 1-0)

• Ottawa's Milan Michalek is out for the season with a torn ACL. [ Ottawa Citizen ]

Sidney Crosby, teammates starting to hate Senators. [ Ottawa Sun ]

• Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury hopes for rebound. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins see some room for improvement in Game 2. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Penguins could give Ruslan Fedotenko the playoff hook. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2 New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m. (Philadelphia leads 1-0)

• Flyers not satisfied with one win in New Jersey. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Philadelphia's Chris Pronger making his presence felt on blue line. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire not worried about matching lines with Flyers. [ New York Post ]

• New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk vows for payback the rest of the series. [ New York Post ]

Andrew Peters and Vladimir Zharkov are healthy, but will they play? [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

• Nashville's David Legwand anticipates fresh start in playoffs. [ The Tennessean ]

• Nashville needs to find more scoring to keep up with Blackhawks' offense. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi doesn't let nerves get in way. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks, older and wiser, looking to make deep run in playoffs. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks need these five key players to step up in the playoffs. [ Arlington Heights Daily Herald ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Phoenix leads 1-0)

Justin Abdelkader to replace Jason Williams in lineup for Red Wings. [ Detroit News ]

• After getting beat up in Game 1, Red Wings plan to counter Coyotes' aggressive play. [ Detroit News ]

• Phoenix looking to continue hit parade in Game 2 vs. Red Wings. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Public funds would back Phoenix Coyotes bidder Jerry Reinsdorf. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes believe they can win in overtime vs. Red Wings if needed. [ Arizona Republic ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Colorado leads 1-0)

• Colorado veteran John-Michael Liles turning into key player. [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks coach Todd McLellan says series isn't a duel between himself and Joe Sacco. [ Denver Post ]

• A 2-0 Avalanche lead would almost certainly escalate the tensions. [ Denver Post ]

• Every series could be the last for Sharks star Patrick Marleau. [ Mercury News ]

• Sharks team looks like same old rerun instead of newness we were promised. [ Mercury News ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Montreal leads 1-0)

• Washington coach Bruce Boudreau not happy with Stars play against Montreal. [ Washington Times ]

• Capitals' Game 1 loss doesn't mark crisis, but is cause for concern. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals fans show their colors, flood city with red. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Buffalo leads 1-0)

• Bruins struggle to convert chances against Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek continues to stay hot late in the season. [ Buffalo News ]

• Buffalo's Andrej Sekera gets first chance to play in playoffs. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Vancouver leads 1-0)

• Despite loss, goalie Jonathan Quick gave Kings chance in overtime. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings' Jack Johnson not concerned about team's lack of experience. [ Vancouver Province ]

Terry Murray moves enforcer Raitis Ivanans up to the fourth line. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Posted on: April 14, 2010 11:14 pm

Kovalchuk still seeking first playoff win

By Erin Brown

Ilya Kovalchuk 's résumé reads something like this: 338 goals, 642 points, 0 playoff victories.

Though his career spans nine years and 621 games, the Devils sniper appeared in just his fifth career postseason game Wednesday night. And he's still looking for his first playoff triumph following a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Picked up by the Devils days before the trade deadline, Kovalchuk failed in Game 1 to be the offensive difference maker New Jersey hoped he'd be. That's not to say he wasn't trying.

The former first overall pick was denied on four shots, including a point-blank attempt midway through the first period. In the second, he displayed highlight-reel moves by dancing through three Flyers before firing a quick shot wide of the net. Kovalchuk followed the effort by slamming the glass in frustration.

Kovalchuk last postseason appearance came in 2007, when the New York Rangers swept the Atlanta Thrashers. Kovalchuk registered one goal and one assist in the series.

Posted on: April 14, 2010 10:46 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2010 11:49 pm

Boucher earns first playoff win since 2000

By Erin Brown

Goaltending may have been a question for the Philadelphia Flyers heading into the playoffs. After Game 1, the only question being asked is, "Has the goaltending from 2000 returned?"

Brian Boucher , the Flyers' playoff starter a decade ago, made 23 saves to lift Philadelphia to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Wednesday night.

The postseason start was Boucher's first in eight years, and the win his first since May 20, 2000. That year he went 11-7 in Philadelphia's run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Boucher's biggest save on Wednesday came midway through the first period on Ilya Kovalchuk . The Devils sniper corralled a puck in the slot and fired it through traffic. Boucher snagged it with his glove.

"It was a big save for me because it was pretty much a point blank chance, and he's a sniper," Boucher told TSN . "I felt good about that, and good for the rest of the game."

His poise showed. Boucher held a shutout until the final three minutes of the contest, when Travis Zajac's shot from the right circle took a strange bounce in front and trickled into the net.

Signed as a backup in July 2009, Boucher assumed the starting role after both Ray Emery and Michael Leighton went down with injuries.

"Life's about opportunity. He's been patient about getting his," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "He got in there, he got into game conditions and eventually he worked out some kinks. He's been rock solid for us."

Posted on: April 14, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:55 pm

Expert Picks: Conference Quarterfinals

We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. We'll be tracking their overall record throughout the postseason, so be sure to check back after each round for results. Feel free to add your picks in the comments below.

Making picks in 2010: Wes Goldstein, CBSSports.com's hockey writer; Erin Brown, CBSSports.com's NHL editor; Mike Hurcomb,  CBSSports.com's fantasy hockey writer; and Dennis Dodd is CBSSports.com's college football writer (and a longtime, die-hard St. Louis Blues fan).

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal

  • Goldstein: Washington in 5: The Caps have too much firepower for a team that backed into the playoffs
  • Brown: Washington in 4: Put aside the Caps' offense; Jose Theodore will be out to get his former team.
  • Hurcomb: Washington in 5: Jaroslav Halak will make it interesting, but Caps' offense will be too much.
  • Dodd: Washington in 4: The Caps have so much firepower that it will be a huge surprise if they don't sweep.

No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

  • Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
  • Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.
  • Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
  • Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston

  • Goldstein: Buffalo in 6: Thomas Vanek is on a roll and Ryan Miller is a difference maker.
  • Brown: Buffalo in 5: If an all-star Canadian squad barely beat Miller, do you really think the Bruins can?
  • Hurcomb: Buffalo in 7: Miller didn't win gold at the Olympics, but he will prevail in Game 7.
  • Dodd: Buffalo in 5: Miller is a national hero at the top of his game.

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa

  • Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 7: In cruise control all season, Pens look ready to press the pedal to the metal.
  • Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: The Penguins are Red Wings-lite: their Cup-winning experience will carry them.
  • Hurcomb: Ottawa in 6: The Senators' balance helps them pull first-round upset.
  • Dodd: Ottawa in 6: Marc-Andre Fleury is not the same as he was the past two seasons.

No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado

  • Goldstein: San Jose in 5: As good a matchup as San Jose could hope for in round one.
  • Brown: San Jose in 6: Thanks to Dany Heatley , Joe Thornton will find his playoff game.
  • Hurcomb: San Jose in 6: Keeping Evgeni Nabokov sharp will help end Sharks' postseason woes.
  • Dodd: San Jose in 6: Colorado is too young and too inexperienced to make this a series.

No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville

  • Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
  • Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
  • Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.
  • Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.

No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles

  • Goldstein: Vancouver in  5: The Sedins and company are too much for a young team with a struggling goalie.
  • Brown: Vancouver in 6: The Kings have the talent to compete, but youth will be their ultimate downfall.
  • Hurcomb: Vancouver in 5: The Sedin twins will help make quick work of Kings.
  • Dodd: Los Angeles in 7: They've got a chance if Jonathan Quick can play like he did early in the season.

No. 4 Phoenix vs. No. 5 Detroit

  • Goldstein: Detroit in 6: Look for the clock to strike midnight on the Coyotes great Cinderella story.
  • Brown: Detroit in 6: The playoff-tested Wings know intangibles could kill if this one gets to Game 7.
  • Hurcomb: Detroit in 5: Red Wings' postseason experience will overwhelm surprising Coyotes.
  • Dodd: Detroit in 6: The Red Wings won't get there unless Jimmy Howard comes up big in goal.

Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:57 pm

Preview: No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Devils will win if: They take advantage of the big advantage they have in goal. Martin Brodeur is arguably the best netminder of his generation and Philadelphia's Brian Boucher , well, is not. The key here is that New Jersey isn't all about defense any more, even with Jacques Lemaire back behind the bench, especially since the arrival of Ilya Kovalchuk . The dynamic Russian forward hasn't put up eye-popping numbers since his mid-season arrival, but his presence means that teams can no longer shut down the Devils by shutting down Zach Parise 's line. And yes, the Devils can still play defense, too, an area of their game that will be helped by a healthy Paul Martin back on the blue line. New Jersey has to be disciplined, though, because the Flyers power play is one of the best in the league.

The Flyers will win if: They keep playing the way they did to end the season. Philadelphia has essentially been playing for its playoff life for a couple of weeks now. The Flyers battled back from a five-game losing streak to end March by winning three of their last four, including an emotional do-or-die finale against the Rangers to clinch a playoff spot. The bright side for the Flyers is that they head into this series as healthy as they have been all year and with the knowledge they have effectively controlled New Jersey in all meetings between the bitter rivals this season. Several Philadelphia players had disappointing seasons, but with Jeff Carter , Mike Richards , Danny Briere and Simon Gagne , there is a lot of fire power up front. And the blueline group led by Chris Pronger compares favorably to any other in the league.

Regular Season Recap

New Jersey: 48-27-7, 103 points (1st, Atlantic Division)

Philadelphia: 41-35-6, 88 points (3rd, Atlantic Division)


Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia 6 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 22 at New Jersey * 7 p.m.
Apr. 25 at Philadelphia * TBD
Apr. 27 at New Jersey * 7:30 p.m.
* if necessary


Season Series
Philadelphia wins, 5-1
Date Result
Oct. 3 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 2 Recap
Nov. 16 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Dec. 12 New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 1 Recap
Feb. 8 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Feb. 10 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 (OT) Recap
Mar. 28 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 1 Recap


Stats Comparison
Statistic NJ PHI
Goals For (Avg.) 2.63 2.83
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.27 2.71
Power Play 18.7% 21.4%
Penalty Kill 82.8% 83.0%

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