ATLANTA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored the game-winning goal before leaving with an injury Wednesday, boosting Atlanta past Pittsburgh 4-1.
Kovalchuk's goal was his 38th of the season. Late in the second period, he collided with Pittsburgh forward Jarkko Ruutu along the boards in the neutral zone. Ruutu was given a major penalty for kneeing along with a game misconduct.
Kovalchuk came back on the ice for one shift in the third period, but then left the game for good.