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Devils’ Kovalchuk suffers shoulder injury; ‘We’ll know more Sunday’

Mar 23, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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This much we know: New Jersey Devils star forward Ilya Kovalchuk suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Other than that, details at this time are minimal.

“Shoulder injury. I don’t know the details or the extent yet,” Devils head coach Pete DeBoer told the New York Post.

“He’s obviously probably going to be out at least a short time, so we’ll have to fill that hole.”

DeBoer added to NHL.com: “He’s going to get some testing [Saturday night] and [Sunday] morning and we’ll know more [Sunday].”

Kovalchuk left the game in obvious pain during the third period after losing an edge – as per NHL.com – and crashing into the end boards behind the Panthers’ net.

Kovalchuk, 29, had 10 goals and 27 points in 32 games this season for New Jersey. He had also gone five games, including Saturday against Florida, without a goal.

You don’t want to lose anybody,” Adam Henrique told the Star-Ledger. “(Kovalchuk) is a very important guy to this team on and off the ice.”

Goalie Martin Brodeur, who was credited with a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes earlier in the week, made 17 saves against the Panthers for career win 666.

“My brother is really excited about it. He already put in the call. He wants the stick and everything,” Brodeur told the Star-Ledger. “I guess he’s the real devil maybe.”

  1. JRZ Satan - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Was @ the game tonight. Florida played like a dirty desperate team just looking to injure anyone in a red jersey. Kovy didn’t lose an edge, he was hit into the boards. As was Sesito. The scrum at the the end of the game because of the cheap shot on Salvador was disgusting.

    Goes to show what a perrenial last place team will do to feel relevant.

    • rleo82 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      being at the game obviously did not give you the advantage of replay..Let me first say I am a die hard Devils fan but you couldn’t be more wrong about your assessment. It was quite clear that kovy lost an edge an went into the endboards. please go watch a replay and see his right foot wobble right before taking a spill and going into the boards. If your going to make a comment know what you are talking about. The sestito hit was dirty and he should be getting a call from Shanaban there is no debating that. The scrum at the end of the game was because Fleischman threw a quick left to Henrique. Wrong? Maybe but it has nothing to do with being a desperate team as this happens on almost a daily basis in the NHL. So either you know nothing about Hockey or haven’t watched a replay

      • JRZ Satan - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        Once again, I was at the game. I didn’t have the benefit of watching the replay over and over during tv timeouts. I paid for my ticket.

        Always happy to be taken to school by a “…die hard Devils fan..” that sits at home pounding away on his keyboard ‘supporting’ the team by afar for free.

        btw…really got a kick out of the way you call Brendan Shanahan, “Shanaban”. That really proves what a true hockey fan you are . I don’t troll hockey sites 24/7 for my knowledge from home, I go to games.

      • rleo82 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        Clearly you do not gain any knowledge by going to a hockey game because as other people have pointed out you are clearly wrong. I actually have season tickets but couldn’t go last night because believe it or not people have prior commitments on a saturday night. In case you could not pick up on it the reason I called him Shanaban(even though I know his name is Shanahan) is because he constantly banishes players which was a joke you obviously could not understand. I find that I had to identify myself as a devils fan because incompetent people like yourself would’ve jumped on what I said by saying i was an ignorent fan of another team who was happy to see kovy hurt.

    • ydj1120 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      I was at the game as well which has no bearing on whether or not someone is a true fan. I really shouldn’t have to get in to specifics as to why, but not living in the area/not enough cash/prior engagements/prioritized going to the rangers game over the panthers game are all good reasons for not being at the game yet still being a die hard fan.

      The fact of the matter is you are wrong. Kovalchuk clearly lost an edge. Just watch the replay. I agree with you that in full speed at the game it looked like the guy got his stick in Kovy’s skates, but when I got home and watched the replay on TV (another sign of a true fan? who knows) it was clear Kovy lost an edge or caught a rut and lost his balance. These things happen. I just hope he isn’t seriously injured, he hit the boards pretty hard.

      The Sestito hit was dirty and very dangerous. Hopefully he is ok as well. The guy who hit him should be suspended for a few games. It looked very similar to the hit on Brad Richards a couple weeks ago.

      Salvador looked OK skating off the ice, but I do have to agree that was an unnecessary, if not dirty, play with 1 second left on the clock. The guy clipped Salvador’s leg for no reason. The scrum happened because Henrique saw it and lightly speared the guy on the ground and, when Fleischman saw that, went after Henruque….who by the way tossed Fleischman to the ground.

    • ydj1120 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      I was at the game as well which has no bearing on whether or not someone is a true fan. I really shouldn’t have to get in to specifics as to why, but not living in the area/not enough cash/prior engagements/prioritized going to the rangers game over the panthers game are all good reasons for not being at the game yet still being a die hard fan.

      The fact of the matter is you are wrong. Kovalchuk clearly lost an edge. Just watch the replay. I agree with you that in full speed at the game it looked like the guy got his stick in Kovy’s skates, but when I got home and watched the replay on TV (another sign of a true fan? who knows) it was clear Kovy lost an edge or caught a rut and lost his balance. These things happen. I just hope he isn’t seriously injured, he hit the boards pretty hard.

      The Sestito hit was dirty and very dangerous. Hopefully he is ok as well. The guy who hit him should be suspended for a few games. It looked very similar to the hit on Brad Richards a couple weeks ago.

      Salvador looked OK skating off the ice, but I do have to agree that was an unnecessary, if not dirty, play with 1 second left on the clock. The guy clipped Salvador’s leg for no reason. The scrum happened because Henrique saw it and lightly speared the guy on the ground and, when Fleischman saw that, went after Henrique….who by the way tossed Fleischman to the ground.

      • ydj1120 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        Double post, my bad.

  2. martyb30 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    NNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  3. pwilson264 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    being a ranger fan, and as much of it would be a big lost to the devils losing Kovalchuk, the devils always has that way of filling their voids and continuing on and getting those wins, hope Kovalchuk is ok hate to see any player get serious injury’s

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