As Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk took possession of the puck, in hopes of a shootout goal that would extend the shootout to a fifth round against the Buffalo Sabres, Wednesday night, the under-sized crowd at the Prudentail Center didn't have much faith in the winger.
Rightfully so, it would prove.
As 'Kovy' entered the slot, the puck slid off his stick-blade, ending the game in a Devils loss, with Kovalchuk not even getting a shot off.
The exuberent boos, along with a fan who threw his Kovalchuk jersey onto the ice helped the newly-signed forward understand how the majority of the fan base is feeling about him in New Jersey.
Still, there are things that Kovy needs to learn. There are majot differences between playing in Atlanta and playing in New Jersey.
In his first full year as a Devil, Kovalchuk is playing for a proud franchise with even prouder fans. For a program that has made the playoffs the last 13 seasons, it wouldn't be too far off to say Ilya may be clenching his stick a little tight to push that to the magic number of 14.
It might help that New Jersey has used up to 13 players from Albany this year with Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur missing significant time due to injury.
However, it is important for New Jersey, and Ilya Kovalchuk to realize something. The season in young.
There's a reason its am 82-game season, and the Devils have only played a handful of games. Yes, they haven't won on home ice yet, and yes, they are in last place in their division.
But the season is young.
Ilya Kovalchuk needs to sit back, take a deep breath, and realize, yes he can turn this around single-handedly, but he doesn't necessarily have to.
Tonight, Jersey's Team will be at home again, in search for their first win as they invite the Edmonton Oilers to town.
While Kovalchuk will certainly hear the boo birds to start the game in front of a Friday night crowd, there's no reason to think that he won't be recieiving a standing ovation by seasons end.
Kovy, it's not even mid-November. Sit back, relax, and let's play some hockey--Devils style.