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Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk: I was too emotional in Game 1 vs. Flyers

It was evident in the Devils’ dressing room before Game 1 of their playoff series against the Flyers.
Ilya Kovalchuk was not exactly himself.
“He hasn’t been in the playoffs that much. With that first game it’s just good to get back into it,” Dainius Zubrus said. “He had a lot of emotions going on.”
Kovalchuk, who has only played in one other playoff series, did not deny that he may have been too fired-up in Game 1 Wednesday night.
“I felt very good physically. Maybe I was a little too emotional, so I overplayed on some plays,” Kovalchuk said this morning. “You just have to try your best all the time and good things will happen.”


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