Kovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey in 2010, played in a KHL game Tuesday. He told Russian media he was playing to stay in shape pending the end of the lockout.
Coming into last night’s game against the Thrashers, the Rangers had all the momentum in the world. The crowd was electric. Then the game started.
Rob Schremp and Andrew Ladd scored 15 seconds apart in the second period and the Atlanta Thrashers delivered a crushing blow to the New York Rangers’ playoff hopes with a 3-0 victory Thursday night.
Rob Schremp scored the winning goal against his former team as the Atlanta Thrashers beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night.
Rookie Jacob Josefson scored early in the third period and the hard-charging New Jersey Devils rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Travis Zajac scored on a power play 4:18 into overtime to give the surging New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Friday night.
Ilya Kovalchuk makes another return to Atlanta on Friday night for the first of two meetings in five days between the Thrashers and Devils.
Evander Kane scored two third-period goals, Anthony Stewart had a goal and an assist and the Atlanta Thrashers stopped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.
The Rangers will look to avoid losing a sixth consecutive game for the first time in more than four years when they finish a three-game road trip against the stumbling Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night.
Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the deal which brought Ilya Kovalchuk to the Devils from the Atlanta Thrashers. Here are some of the numbers for Kovalchuk, the Devils and Thrashers 12 months later.
Kyle Okposo scored twice, including a go-ahead goal in New York’s big second period, and rookie goaltender Kevin Poulin stopped 25 shots, leading the Islanders to a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night.
The Thrashers go for their third win in as many tries this season against the lowly Islanders when the teams meet Tuesday night at Philips Arena.
Mats Zuccarello scored in a shootout, Brian Boyle’s goal forced overtime with 5:19 left in regulation, and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Saturday night.
Backup goalie Johan Hedberg made 28 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-1 on Friday to snap a six-game losing streak.
A 7-1 loss to Atlanta earlier this month was part of the Devils’ latest disastrous skid, which could hit seven games for the first time in nearly 25 years Friday against the Thrashers at the Prudential Center.