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Kovalchuk out 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils
Ilya Kovalchuk will be out two to four weeks with a shoulder injury, Devils President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello announced Sunday.

The injury will not require surgery.

“There’s no operation [needed],” Lamoriello said. “It’s not an operative situation. It’s a shoulder injury and, as I said, it could be two, it could be four, it could be less, but certainly not more.”

Kovalchuk crashed into the boards while trying to skate around Florida defenseman Colby Robak in the third period of Saturday’s 2-1 win. He immediately left the game and did not return.

Lamoriello said an X-ray on Kovalchuk’s shoulder after the game “was fine.” Kovalchuk also underwent an MRI on Sunday afternoon.

“Anytime you get an injury, you’re always relieved when it’s not something worse than it could be, but it’s not something you feel good about,” Lamoriello said.

Kovalchuk will not accompany the team on its three-game road trip that opens Monday in Ottawa. He's second on the club with 27 points (10g-17a), and leads all NHL forwards with 25:13 of average ice time.

The Devils placed left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky (lower body) on injured reserve retroactive to March 19, and recalled left wing Harri Pesonen from Albany (AHL).

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