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.
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp