Kovalchuk's career by the numbers
Kovalchuk has been among the NHL's most productive forwards since arriving in the League from Russia in 2001. Here's a look at his career by the numbers:
1 -- Playoff games in which Kovalchuk's team has won. New Jersey won Game 2 this spring against Philadelphia, the only time in nine tries that his team has skated off a winner in a Stanley Cup game.
2 -- Seasons in which Kovalchuk has had fewer than 40 goals. He had 29 as a rookie in 2001-02, when he missed 17 games with injuries, and 38 in 2002-03.
2 -- 50-goal seasons by Kovalchuk. In 2005-06 and 2007-08, he scored 52 goals. In '05-06, he did it in 78 games, two years later, he needed 79.
3 -- Shorthanded goals by Kovalchuk in his eight NHL seasons. He had one in 2003-04 and a pair in 2007-08.
5 -- Seasons in which Kovalchuk has averaged a point per game. That includes 2009-10, when he had 85 points in 76 games with Atlanta (58 in 49 games) and New Jersey (27 in 27 games).
6 -- Seasons in which Kovalchuk has had more goals than assists. Only in 2008-09 (43-48-91) and 2009-10 (41-44-85) has Kovalchuk had more assists. For his career, he has 338 goals and 304 assists, a difference of 34.
7 -- Most game-winning goals Kovalchuk has had in a single season. He notched seven game-winners in 2005-06 and again the following season. His lowest total was three in 2002-03. For his career, he has 41 game-winning goals.
9 -- Shootout goals by Kovalchuk in 37 attempts since the NHL went to the tie-breaker in 2005. He was 9-for-36 with Atlanta and 0-for-1 with the Devils. Kovalchuk's best season in the shootout was 2007-08, when he went 4-for-10.
10 -- Combined plus-minus rating for Kovalchuk in 2009-10 with Atlanta (plus-1) and New Jersey (plus-9) -- the first time he's finished a season with a plus rating. Before '09-10, his best showing was minus-2 with Atlanta in 2006-07.
14.8 -- Kovalchuk's career shooting percentage, a mark lowered only slightly by his 14.1 percent performance (41 goals on 290 shots) in 2009-10. His single-season efforts range from a high of 18.4 in 2007-08 (52 on 283) to a low of 12.0 in 2003-04 (41 on 341).
22:02 -- Average time on ice for Kovalchuk in 2009-10, the most of any forward in the NHL. His average shift time of 1:02 was second in the League, two seconds shorter than Alex Ovechkin's 1:04.
27 -- Power-play goals by Kovalchuk in 2005-06, by far the most he's ever had in a single season. His next-highest total was 18 in 2006-07, and he's had 12 in each of the last two seasons.
41 -- Goals scored by Kovalchuk in 2003-04 and 2009-10, the fewest he's had in any of the last six seasons. His streak of six consecutive 40-goal seasons in the longest active string in the NHL.
68 -- Penalty minutes taken by Kovalchuk in 2005-06, the most he's taken in any season. He's taken anywhere from 50 to 68 PIM in each of the last seven seasons, including 53 this past season.
98 -- Most points scored by Kovalchuk in a single season. He had 98 points in 78 games in 2005-06; his next-best season was 91 points in 2008-09.
117 -- Career power-play goals by Kovalchuk, though just two came in his 27 games with New Jersey after being acquired in early February.
Author: John Kreiser | NHL.com Columnist