Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/16/06 at 12:29 AM ET
One thing stands out about Ilya Kovalchuk breaking out of his five-game slump to start the season. Kovalchuk did not become a defensive liability while he was not scoring and, as a result, the Thrashers kept picking up points. To show the depth of Kovalchuk's slump, he went 35 shots without scoring. Entering this season, his career shooting percentage was 14.5. According to that pace, he should have scored five goals by now to go with his NHL-high 36 shots. "I'm glad for Kovy," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said. "He stayed with the program the whole time. He's not used to this. He was putting lots of pressure on himself. This should do him lots of good."
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