Devils Acquire Andrei Loktionov from Kings

Earlier this evening, the NHL had it’s first trade of the shortened 2013 season involving a Russian player. 22-year-old Andrei Loktionov who has spent his entire career with the LA Kings was dealt to New Jersey for a 5th round pick in this years draft. Loktionov spent most of his time with the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL where he scored 29 goals in 132 games. The Voskresensk native was assigned the Devils farm team in Albany, NY and could be available for Saturday’s game against Syracuse.
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Devils Russian’s Start and Finish Comeback

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With the struggling New Jersey Devils trailing the Oilers by 2 goals late in the first period, Alexander Vasyunov scored his first NHL goal. Vasyunov slipped in behind the defender to get open in front of the Devan Dubnyk and banged home a Travis Zajac pass. The goal helped the Devils rally to win their first home game of the year. Patrik Elias also assisted on the goal.

Vasyunov, 22 years of age, is 8 games into his young NHL career and now has points 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and points in back to back games. He played 24 shifts on Friday night for a total of 18:16 of ice time, both career highs. On Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres he assisted on David Clarkson’s goal, also the first goal for the Devils that night.
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Comrade of the night-Ilya Kovalchuk

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After not getting on the score sheet in the past four games, New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk got back to his ways on Tuesday night scoring a goal and adding three assists. After being shut-out by the lowly St.Louis Blues on Saturday the Devils made sure there was no repeat against an even lowlier Columbus Blue Jackets scoring six goals for the third time this season.

Three of those six came on the power-play, something the Devils have struggled mightily with all season, the third came courtesy of Kovalchuk who beat Steve Mason glove side for this 17th goal of the year and sixth as a Devil 12:32 in the second period to give the team a 3-1 lead.

He would add assists on both of Travis Zajac’s goals which came quickly thereafter in the period. Kovalchuk’s most productive game as a Devil coincidentally came after the birth of his third child, Artem, who Kovy flew to be with in Florida on Sunday morning before returning at midnight.

Kovalchuk now has 37 goals and 37 assists on the season 6 and 10 respectively with the Devils. Below is Kovalchuk’s goal courtesy of the NHL and NHL.com

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