Kovalchuk on rare scoring pace

Updated: December 28, 2007, 12:23 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft, ESPN.com

Ilya Kovalchuk became the first player to reach the 30-goal plateau this season ... then nearly 14 minutes later, he netted his 31st. In his past 26 games, he has 25 goals, and in only seven of those contests was he held without a point

Here's how remarkable Kovalchuk's performance has been: Only three times in the past 10 years has a player scored 30 or more goals before the new year; Teemu Selanne had 32 in 1997-98, Jaromir Jagr had 31 in 1999-2000 and John LeClair had 31 in 1997-98, ...

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