Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk hit with puck, leaves with foot injury

ATLANTA – Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk did not return after taking a puck off his foot midway through the first period against San Jose on Saturday night.

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Kovalchuk, who began the game tied for the NHL lead with nine goals, skated off the ice at the 8:43 mark of the first.