Kovalchuk: Power play 'embarrassing'

June, 3, 2012
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After their fourth failed power play of a bitter 2-1 overtime loss to the Kings, the Devils were coldly escorted into the second intermission by a round of boos from the home crowd at the Prudential Center. Sounds like star sniper Ilya Kovalchuk -- held off the scoresheet for the second straight game -- couldn't agree more.

“It’s embarrassing the way we play. We’ve got to work harder on the power play," Kovalchuk said. "We just think it’ll be easy, but they got a great penalty kill for a reason."

The Devils have not yet tallied a man-up goal through the first pair of games this series; Kings netminder Jonathan Quick and L.A.'s stingy penalty-killing corps have blanked the Devils on all six attempts this series.

One of the team's best scoring chances of the night came on the power play, just not their own.

With Devils defenseman Andy Greene in the box for tripping in the second period, Zach Parise failed to convert a premium chance on a shorthanded rush with Travis Zajac. Zajac made a nice feed to set him up at the right post, but Parise's backhanded re-direction missed the net wide.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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