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Ilya Kovalchuk draws praise from Kings teammates for his passing

Ilya Kovalchuk draws praise from Kings teammates for his passing
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Ilya Samsonov puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Much of the talk after Sunday nighta€™sA 4-2 Kings victoryA over Detroit centered on the goaltending of Jack Campbell. He stopped 36 of 38 shots while filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick, who earlier in the day was put on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Team captain Anze Kopitar gave Campbell plenty of kudos, but Kopitar also wanted to talk about the beautiful passing of Ilya Kovalchuk. The Russian signed during the offseason had two assists, one on a goal by Kopitar and the other on the first of Alex Iafalloa€™s two goals. That one was a thing of beauty.

Kovalchuk raced to a loose puck behind and to the right of the net. He whirled and whipped a pass to a rushing Iafallo, who then beat Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier for a 3-1 lead.

a€œThe play he made to Alex for the third goal, you dona€™t see that every day,a€ said Kopitar, whose team opens a four-game road trip today Tuesday in Winnipeg. a€œWe all know hea€™s a great shooter, but I think people dona€™t realize how good of a passer he is.a€

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