Kovalev's centre, young Plekanec, says there have been times on the ice when he and young Kostitsyn find themselves laughing so hard at plays Kovalev has just pulled off that they forget they are part of the equation.
"You just start laughing on the ice," Plekanec said. "You can't help yourself. We were playing Boston and he goes through half the team, drops his glove, leans over and picks it up — and then stickhandles through two more guys."
"You can't quit on the play, can you?" Kovalev said with a smile.
"That's what I was taught. Never quit on the play. Never quit."