For those of you keeping score at home, here is the line on Ilya Kovalchuk:

Five shots.

No goals.

Two breakaways.

One shot off the right post.

When the Devils were at their best in turning this season around, Kovalchuk was burying his chances. That is no longer the case. The Devils went 0-for-4 on the power play in their 3-0 shutout loss to Michal Neuvirth and the Washington Capitals tonight and Kovalchuk was held scoreless in a second straight game.

"He's a little tighter I can see," coach Jacques Lemaire said. "When you start to lose the puck at a certain time it's because you're a little tighter.Kovy wants to do so much for this team. To me he just has to play a shift at a time and try to do the best he can and not too much so he stays focused on what he has to do.