Kovalchuk to sit out Thrashers game at Buffalo with upper-body injury

ATLANTA – Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk will not play Saturday at Buffalo after aggravating an upper-body injury during an overtime victory against Edmonton.

Kovalchuk leads Atlanta in scoring with 36 goals and 42 assists. He left the ice during the first period of Thursday night’s 4-3 victory over the Oilers, the Thrashers’ fourth straight win.

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“Ilya Kovalchuk aggravated a lingering upper body injury that he has skated with in recent games,” general manager Don Waddell said in a statement. “It’s not serious but he is returning to Atlanta for rest and will be re-evaluated on Monday before determining his status” for Monday’s home game against Washington.