Kovalchuk defies the stereotypes

Updated: May 31, 2012, 1:48 AM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPN.com

Ilya Kovalchuk didn't seek the comfort of his stall or the structure of the podium following the Devils' series-clinching Game 6 win against the Rangers Friday night. Instead, he stood in the middle of the team's dressing room, swarmed by reporters, and patiently answered the waves of questions directed his way.

There were no surreptitious glances at the nearest exit or clipped responses to curtail the steady mob of media.

Kovalchuk had waited 10 years for this moment to come, and ...

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