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After scoring first goal of season, Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk goes out with injury

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ATLANTA (AP) -Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk went to the locker room after apparently injuring his shoulder during first period of Wednesday's game against the Ottawa Senators, but it wasn't serious.

Kovalchuk returned for the start of the second period.

The 24-year-old left wing had just stepped over a sliding Ottawa player to get off a shot when he was struck in the right arm by Mike Fisher with 9:10 left in the opening period.

Kovalchuk went down in the corner, then skated off in obvious pain, bent over and holding his arm as if to relieve pressure on his shoulder. He went straight to the locker room for treatment and didn't play the remainder of the period.

Kovalchuk scored unassisted 7 minutes into the game, his first goal of the season, to tie the score at 1.

The top overall pick in 2001, he's scored at least 40 goals the last three seasons, including a career-best 52 in 2005-06.

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