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Thrashers captain Kovalchuk back in lineup

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NEW YORK (AP) -One day after Ilya Kovalchuk was ruled out of the Atlanta Thrashers' game against the New York Rangers, the star forward was back in the lineup after a lengthy absence.

Kovalchuk broke a bone in his foot on Oct. 24 after being struck by the puck and was expected to be sidelined 3-to-5 weeks. The Atlanta captain missed six games and Atlanta went 3-3 without him.

He skated with the team Thursday morning in New York and then was officially cleared to play that night after taking part in the pregame warmup.

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