Ilya Kovalchuk has scored his first goal as a Washington Capital, and it was a beauty.
With his team down one goal in the second period, Kovalchuk went over the boards as the Caps were deep in the Rangers zone. From below the goal line, Lars Eller saw him racing into the play and sent the puck his way. Kovalchuk released a monster shot, hitting the post to beat Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev.
Ilya Kovalchuk's first goal as a Capital pic.twitter.com/jInZFmqiSi
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) March 6, 2020
Kovalchuk beamed as he high fived his teammates at the Capitals bench.
It’s the tenth goal of Kovalchuck’s season, and his first since February 8 – a span of 11 games. The tally temporarily tied the game 2-2.
Lighting the lamp for the 1st time since the @Capitals acquired him, Ilya Kovalchuk has oassed Alex Kovalev for the 4th most career even strength goals in NHL history by a Russian-born player (289)
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) March 6, 2020
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