U.S. to face Russia in quarterfinals
The match ups are set for the 2013 IIHF World Championship quarterfinals, which get under way Thursday in Helsinki and Stockholm.
Saturday's semifinals will pit the top Helsinki team versus Stockholm's second seed, and the top Stockholm seed against Helsinki's second seed. The winners of those games will play for gold Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET in Stockholm, while the losers will go head-to-head for bronze at 10 a.m. ET.
Kovalchuk finished the seven-game preliminary round leading the tournament in goals (8), points (13), plus-minus (tied, +8), and penalty minutes (tied, 29). He's tied for fourth with five assists and averaged 20:20 of ice time. Two of his goals were game winners.
Some more Devils stats from preliminary-round play:
Ryan Carter, LW (USA): 7 games, 8 penalty minutes, minus-1, 2 shots on goal,15:26 TOI
Artur Gavrus, C (BLR): 3 games, minus-1, 3 shots on goal, 13:10 TOI
Stephen Gionta, RW (USA): 7 games, 3 goals, minus-1, 8 shots on goal, 14:19 TOI
Raman Hrabarenka, D (BLR): 7 games, 1 goal, minus-1, 14 shots on goal
Andrei Loktionov, C (RUS): 7 games, 1 assist, plus-6, 4 shots on goal, 10:06 minutes per game
Henrik Tallinder, D (SWE): 7 games, 1 goal (GWG), 1 assist, plus-5, 10 shots on goal, 19:20 TOI
Marek Zidlicky, D (CZE): 1 game, plus-1, 1 shot on goal, 21:12 TOI