With the Devils on the power play, Kovalchuk wired a shot from the left point that went through a screen and past Ottawa goaltender Ben Bishop for his 31st goal of the season -- and the 400th of his career in his 771st NHL game. He also has 376 assists for 776 points.
Kovalchuk scored 328 goals with the Atlanta Thrashers before being traded to the Devils late in the 2009-10 season.
Kovalchuk, now in his 10th NHL season, scored 29 goals as a rookie with Atlanta in 2001-02 and has had 30 or more in all nine seasons since then.
We never really stopped believing in ourselves. We were hearing a lot of things about our team in the regular season. Seems like we put things back together at the right time and we're back in the finals with this group. We know what we have in this room, we believe in each other, we believe in the organization and it really matter what other people say.
— Patrick Sharp after Blackhawks clinched Western Conference title with Game 7 win vs. Ducks