Kovalchuk nets No. 50, could be considered for MVP
Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 50th goal of the season last night vs. Philadelphia, marking the second time in his career he has reached that feat. This added to a resume that already includes two 40-goal seasons. One would think that Kovalchuk’s name would have to be taken into consideration, along with Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, when discussing the league’s MVP. Though it appears unlikely that Atlanta will make the playoffs, Kovalchuk has remained consistent, having been among the NHL’s top 2 goal scorers for the entire season. Kovalchuk also owns the distinction as having scored the most goals since entering the league in 2001. “Kovy” has accounted for over 25 percent of Atlanta’s goals this season; Atlanta’s offense currently ranks 12th in the NHL.