Kovalchuk named Third Star of the week
|Kovalchuk takes Third Star honors for week ending March 28.|
Kovalchuk led all NHL scorers with eight points (3g-5a) in four games as the Devils (44-26-5) went 2-1-1 and clinched a playoff berth for the 13th consecutive season.
He began the week with his biggest scoring night since being acquired by New Jersey from Atlanta Feb. 4, tallying four points (1g-3a) in a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 23. He scored one goal in a 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on March 25, notched two assists in a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on March 27 and tallied the Devils' lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on March 28.
Kovalchuk has recorded 20 points (8g-12a) and a plus-6 rating in 20 games with the Devils.