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Ilya Kovalchuk would rather you not ask him about winning the Stanley Cup

Apr 11, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT

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Ilya Kovalchuk hasn’t had many opportunities in the past when it comes to the playoffs. Like all other players, his ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup and with the Devils he’s got a genuine shot to do that this season.

As Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice found out, you’d better not ask Kovalchuk his thoughts about winning the Cup and what it would mean to him.

“Let’s not talk about that right now,” he said. “We just want to make a little step forward at a time. We want to do well in the first round first.”

Doing well in the first round is something a lot of people are counting on them to do. Sure the Devils are the sixth seed in the East, but they’ve got a better record than the third seeded Florida Panthers and are the chic pick for a first round upset.

Kovalchuk has seen the playoffs just twice in his career – once with Atlanta in 2006-07 and in his first half-season with New Jersey in 2009-10. In nine career playoff game, Kovalchuk has eight points and just three of those are goals. For the Devils to have true Stanley Cup aspirations, he’ll need to do better than that and with Zach Parise and Patrik Elias riding shotgun with him, there’s no reason to think he won’t do well.

  1. biffnasty - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    While kovalchuk is a talented player, he is simply not a big game player. He can’t handle the pressure when the game is on the line. He is an over rated player who has ruined the devils organization

    • hawksandsawx - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Yeah guys who are top 5 in the league in points really hurt your team. Hopefully next year he’ll score less goals to ruin the organization less

  2. biffnasty - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Idk if u pay attention to hockey or not but have u seen the contact they gave him? Absurd and a waste. Now they having trouble signing the better paraise, that ma’am, is how to ruin an organization

    • martysbetter - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      You aren’t good a trolling, might want to take classes at the Soup Can Academy.

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