Where was Kovalchuck in Game 1?

Devils star Ilya Kovalchuck – who scored 37 goals this season – went missing in Game 1 and had just one shot in 21 minutes, 13 seconds of ice time.
New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer downplayed his team’s reliance on him.
“Yeah, you know, I think our identity is a four-line team. Kovy is a piece of that, but he’s not the team. I don’t think that’s how we’re built. I don’t think that’s why we’ve had success.
“You know, we’re capable of surviving on nights when he doesn’t score or isn’t at the top of his game, just like we’re capable of surviving nights that Elias or Parise or other guys aren’t. I think that’s the strength of our team.”

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