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.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense