All of Blueland (what they call themselves down in Atlanta, if ya didn't know) is collectively holding their breath at the moment as they await the results of some tests in regards to their leading goal scorer.
Last night versus the Penguins, Ilya Kovalchuk (Peter) took a knee-on-knee hit from super-pest Jarkko Ruutu (non-pool) in the second period. The collision itself didn't seem to look overly devastating, but when Kovalchuk returned from the dressing room to try it out, the anguish in his face told you a different story.
Kovalchuk still managed to score the game-winning goal in the contest, but if this injury is severe, the Russian winger may not have a chance to catch fellow countryman, Alexander Ovechkin (Clayton) for the goal scoring title.
Going into the game last night, Kovalchuk had actually been pretty cold, when it came to production. He was suspended for the game before the break, but before that, he was being held pointless over the four previous games.
If there is some severe ligament damage, he'll be looking at upwards of 6 to 8 weeks without surgery, which may make him a prime candidate for being dropped in the Waiver Draft next week.
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