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Video: Kovalchuk beats Bryzgalov on season’s first penalty shot

Ilya Kovalchuk

New Jersey Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 4-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal of the season in style.

The New Jersey Devils sniper made good on the NHL’s first penalty shot attempt of the year on Tuesday night, besting Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Devils a 3-0 lead early in the second period:

Kovalchuk was rewarded the penalty shot after Philly blueliner Kimmo Timonen hauled him down on a breakaway.

The goal was Kovalchuk’s fourth career attempt, and his third successful conversion.