By Allan Muir
With seven goals in his first nine games, Ilya Kovalchuk hasn't met an opponent yet who can stop his one-man rampage through the KHL.
If only he had the same luck with his teammates.
Kovalchuk was leading the rush into Vityaz Chekhov's zone last night when he was clobbered at the blueline by his own winger, Alexei Ponikarovsky. Kovy had his head up all the way but couldn't avoid the hard hit when his former New Jersey Devils teammate veered into his path at the last instant.
Kovalchuk looked dazed, but managed to get up immediately and skate off under his own power. Turns out that he had more than the wind knocked out of him, however.
Tough break for Kovy . . . and remember to stay classy, Jersey.