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Panthers' Kovalev finding stride again

Updated: January 22, 2013, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Alex Kovalev once said he hoped to play hockey until he is 50.

The smooth right wing winced a little when reminded of it Tuesday, suggesting he now finds the idea unlikely. However, he isn't ruling it out.

And after Kovalev earned three points for the Florida Panthers on Saturday in his first game back in the NHL following a season in Russia, the soon-to-be 40-year-old forward certainly hasn't lost any enthusiasm for the sport.

"I was laughing the other day with ...

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