Thrashers' Kovalchuk returns after missing two games with knee injury
ATLANTA -- Thrashers All-Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk returned to action Tuesday after missing two games because of a knee injury and scored a goal in Atlanta's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Kovalchuk did not start against the Flyers but he came off the bench early in the first period. Kovalchuk earned the go-ahead to play after he participated in pregame warmups.
Kovalchuk was injured on a knee-on-knee hit from Pittsburgh left winger Jarkko Ruutu Wednesday night, forcing him to miss games against Buffalo and Washington. Atlanta won both games.
The 24-year-old came into Tuesday night second in the NHL in goals scored with 38.
An MRI on Kovalchuk was negative, and he had no serious swelling.
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