(courtesy of AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
In case you haven’t heard, last night’s 5-4 shootout loss by the New Jersey Devils against a third-string goalie lead Buffalo Sabres was ended on an extremely unfortunate play or lack thereof by Ilya Kovalchuk. With the Devils down 2-1, Kovy needed to score to extend the skills competition in order to salvage the 2nd point his team had let slip away 3 times.
As he neared Jhonas Enroth(who was playing in just his 4th NHL game) the puck opted not to join Kovalchuk’s stick amidst his stick handling giving the Sabres the win and further dampening the Devil’s train wreck of a season. The bad bounce capped a horrible night for Kovalchuk who failed to get on the score sheet or generate much offense blowing a golden chance in the final frame of the third when on a partial breakaway sending the puck into the safety netting rather than the goal.
Since then his flub has been the topic of conversation in the hockey world, the running theme on puck daddy radio and even warranted a fan throwing his Kovalchuk jersey on the ice. While it was horrible to witness(especially live) what’s done is done and even Kovy is looking ahead. While it may be a big “fail” in the eyes of some I don’t think it quite touches this gem
Below is the video of last night’s gaffe.