1- Kovalev is injured from the 3 knee on knee hits he took at the beginning of the season
2 - He has had knee surgery in the past
Conclusion : he is playing hurt and cannot be expected to perform at his best
The thing I love about Kovalev is that he knows when he has made a mistake and he tries really hard to redeem himself.
After the bad penalties & losing the puck on the 3-1 he bounced back with TONS of intensity and made a brilliant play to feed Koivu for the tying goal.
So stop the hating !!!
If you want to get pissed at anybody, get mad at Samsonov.
He has no excuse for his lousy, selfish playing.
How many times does he cause an offside ?
How many times does he deke around the offensive zone and go in the wrong direction and then cough up at the puck at the blue line ???
He has to learn that if you're speed and dekes are not working, dump the puck deep and keep the cycel going...