From the NY Times.com Slap Shot blog:
Sometime in the future, when the story of the Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk
era is written, this video below may be the signature moment as New Jersey’s $100 million man flubbed his chance in the post-game
skills competition last night against the Sabres and the Devils remained winless on home ice this
The fans are already having fun with it. There’s the Kovalchoke video, with what sounds like the Red Army Chorus accompanying him; there’s the
“History Will Be Made” knockoff and you can click
here if you need to be refreshed on the Patrik Stefan reference; and
then there’s this video. I don’t know what that is.
In a game where the theme could have been Lindy
Ruff coaching his 1000th game or that two of the game’s top
goalies, Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller, were both out injured,
Kovalchuk and his baggage stole the headline. And not in a good way.
That baggage includes his exit
from Atlanta, the large package the Devils traded for him, his huge
contract and its accompanying
off-season controversy, his team’s salary cap dilemma and his
scoring slump. It culminated in this embarrassment that prompted the
crowd of (allegedly) 14,566 to boo him as he exited.
Kovalchuk was also booed in the dying minutes of regulation when he
broke into the Sabres’ zone with a chance to win the game, but shot high
off the glass.
Other players are performing below expectations — the Sharks’ Joe
Pavelski, the Canadiens’ Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez, the Coyotes’
Wojtek Wolski, the Sabres’ Thomas Vanek and the Canucks’ Mikael
Samuelsson come to mind — but none of them occupy the same space in
hockey firmament’s as Kovalchuk.