by David Pavlak on 04/11/12 at 02:00 PM ET
Ilya Kovalchuk won’t begin to harp on the possibility of a Stanley Cup. Not yet, at least. Kovalchuk has been known to struggle in the playoffs, playing in only nine postseason games throughout his career.
“Let’s not talk about that right now,” Kovalchuk said to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. “We just want to make a little step forward at a time. We want to do well in the first round first.”
“I’ve played 10 years in the league and I’ve played only nine games in the playoffs,” said Kovalchuk. “Hockey is fun, but you want to win. It’s fun to go play for your country in the world championships and stuff and I got some experience when we won (with Russia in 2008 and 2009), so that’s nice, too. But this is the best league in the world and I think the Stanley Cup is the toughest to get and when you get that chance you always want to be successful.”
Hedberg content with backup role as long as Devils win:
“Even if I’m not playing, I see myself as part of the team,” said Hedberg. “I try to do the things that I can control and be as supportive as I can to the team and, obviously, stay ready for whatever might happen. If we would make it far and I wouldn’t play another minute, that’s OK as long as we’re successful. It’s not about me.”
“I wouldn’t lie to you and say that I wouldn’t want to play. Of course, I do. But if you’re in this situation, you have to play the role that you’re put in and if that is just to be in a supporting role and being a good practice player and being a good supportive guy around the team, that’s not about me. It’s about what the team does and team success makes me happy.”
Madden helping teammates learn about Brodeur:
“Marty’s probably the best goalie to ever lace up his skates,’’ Madden told the Sun Sentinel. “Shooting against him every day in practice, you definitely find some tendencies that he has and I’ll share what I can.’‘
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