Ilya Kovalchuk is pushing 37 years old, well past the prime for most hockey players, but that didn't keep Caps fans everywhere from rejoicing when he came to Washington in February.

It also hasn't kept the longtime NHL star from contributing to his new team. The Caps traded for Kovalchuk prior to the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 24, and in his first four games he tallied one point and eight shots on goal.

Thursday night, he finally broke through with a game-tying goal in New York.

Kovalchuk's goal brought the score to 2-2 against the Rangers. Off passes from Richard Panik and Lars Eller, Kovalchuk found himself in position to fire a slapshot from the right side. His shot found room in the upper corner of the goal, giving the Caps a needed score.

Hopefully for the Caps and their fans, this is the first of many critical goals for Kovalchuk in Washington, during the regular season and beyond.

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