Ilya Kovalchuk snapped a six-game goal drought Thursday.
The sniper scored while his team was short-handed, then assisted on a five-on-three power-play goal in the third period. "I wasn't worried about Kovy," coach Pete DeBoer said. "You know it's just a matter of time with him. He could have had four tonight if he hadn't been unselfish at the end and tried to set everybody up. But that's him. I know the guys in the room appreciate what he's about. He does a lot of things to help us win games other than to score goals and tonight he scored a big one." Kovalchuk has 35 shots on goal this season, with three goals and four assists. He should be able to get around 20 goals in this shortened season.