Ilya Kovalchuk left Saturday’s game against the Panthers after sliding shoulder first into the endboards. Kovalchuk was skating below the goal line and lost his edge. He fell slid into the boards. Kovalchuk eventually got up but was in clear pain and favoring his right shoulder. He skated off the ice doubled over and went directly to the locker room.
As of the 12:25 mark of the third, Kovalchuk had yet to return from the locker room. Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice tweeted out a worrisome memory for Devils fans:
Safe to say, it’s probably the one injury the Devils could not survive.
UPDATE: Pete DeBoer confirmed what we suspected — a shoulder injury of unknown severity for Kovy.