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Video: Kovalchuk beats Bryzgalov on season’s first penalty shot

Jan 22, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal of the season in style.

The New Jersey Devils sniper made good on the NHL’s first penalty shot attempt of the year on Tuesday night, besting Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Devils a 3-0 lead early in the second period:

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Kovalchuk was rewarded the penalty shot after Philly blueliner Kimmo Timonen hauled him down on a breakaway.

The goal was Kovalchuk’s fourth career attempt, and his third successful conversion.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    wow…this game. Philthy is an embarassment. I said it before and I said it begin – the city of Philadelphia has lost all respect for the sport of hockey, like an old pervert who disrespects women because he can’t get lucky. At least who hasn’t gotten lucky since 1975.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Talk all the trash you want but comparing Philadelphia to an old pervert or pedophile is classless.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      No one said anything about pedophiles, and your interjection with that was classless as well. As far as the other analogy, it was spot-on. Philadelphia has perverted the sport by playing a classless, respectless brand of hockey. Philly doesn’t care about winning. Philly cares about cheating, hurting, and hitting behind the play. Disgraceful.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    This game has been an absolute disgrace on the Flyers part. Completely dominated the 1st period and came out down 2-0. AGAIN. 3 goals on 5 shots for the Devils. I am disgusted. Pens fans can talk all they want cuz right now they’re right. Embarrassing display. Just embarrassing.

  3. vindicatus - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Kovy is a beast.

    • 19to77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Considering he’s pretty much shooting into an empty net…

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        Doesn’t matter who’s in net, this guy can rip it past anyone. As a goalie that’s probably all you’re thinking about so it only takes one move and you’re done.

  4. 19to77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, eh? Even Columbus managed to get three points out of four on opening weekend. Even. Columbus.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Jagr put up some nice points this weekend

  5. chill1184 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Devils continuing where they left off when they last faced Philly

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Sure nice of NBC to edit out the play that led to the PS being called. I mean, who would want to see THAT?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      PS, Martin Brodeur now has exactly twice as many career regular season NHL shutouts as the next active goalie on the list, 120 to Luongo’s 60. His record will stand for a very long time.

      • mpg44 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        That’s incredible . Good thing you pointed that out cause if we’re up to PHT no one would even know the devils won ! Just like on Saturday, every game was mentioned but the devils game. Guess they can’t stand that the experts were wrong about is again!!

      • stakex - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        Well its going to be a hard record to break for a few reasons:

        1. No goalie will ever again have the advantage of playing behind a team using the trap the way the Devils use to. I know Devils fans hate it when the obvious is pointed out when it comes to Marty, but for a lot of years there Brodeur could have been asleep in the net most nights. He was in his prime right in the heart of the “Dead puck era”, and the Devils were the poster child for that era. If you don’t think that has a whole lot to do with his shutout number, you are ignoring reality.

        2. Very few goalies are allowed to play as many games as Brodeur. Hes has TWELEVE seasons in which hes played more then 70 games. All told hes played in 1192… thats good enough to give him the record for most games played by an NHL goalie, by a wide margin. In fact only one other goalie has ever played more then 1000 games, and only six have played more then 900. Its simple math…. the more games you play, the more chances for a shutout. With a lot of teams now taking the approach of resting their goalies for the playoffs it makes this record that much harder to break.

        3. The NHL wants to see scoring records broken, not goaltending records. Thus it stands to reason the rules will be changed over the years to make it easier and easier to score, and thus harder to amass shutouts.


        Needless to say, his shutout record is unlikely to be going anywhere any time soon.

      • kegmen7 - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        the craziest thing about all of his records is that he has lost TWO FULL SEASONS to work stoppages- imagine where he’d be if Bettman didnt cancel half of 95, all of 04 and half of this year….could theoretically tack on at least 70-80 wins and 15 more shutouts- Best Goalie Ever

      • joem05 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        @stakex I don’t think you are making light of the fact that Martin has played so many games. Even if he had a strong defensive team in front of him for roughly eight years – that does not subtract from the fact that he he played so many games. The fact is Marty was consistently solid night in and night out for over two decades. That’s extremely rare.

  7. rgledz - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    East Coast BS….who cares. Nothing about the Hawks

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