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  • Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils stretches during warmups prior to the home opener of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on January 19, 2013.(AFP Photo /  Andy Marlin)
    Kovi reaches 1,000th point as NHL season restarts
    The now-shortened NHL season had hardly begun when New Jersey star Ilya Kovalchuk claimed his 1,000th career point. The Russian helped the Devils edge out division rivals the NY Islanders, 2-1.
  • Team West's Ilya Kovalchuk, left, and Alexander Radulov before the 2013 Kontinental Hockey League All-Star Game between Team West and Team East.(RIA Novosti / Alexey Kudenko)
    Kuznetsov leads East to KHL All-Star Game win (VIDEO)
    The Eastern Conference have won for their third All-Star Game in a row, beating the West by 18-11 in Chelyabinsk, with local boy, Evgeny Kuznetsov, netting four goals and Ilya Kovalchuk adding thee more for the winners.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk (RIA Novosti / Vasily Ponomarev)
    ‘Kovalchuk could soon come back to KHL’
    Ilya Kovalchuk, who after all decided to return to New Jersey for the resumption of the NHL season, could come back in Russia in the summer, believes Devils great Vyacheslav Fetisov.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk, player of the Russian national hockey team (RIA Novosti/Grigoriy Sokolov)
    Kovalchuk holds off on returning to NHL
    Ilya Kovalchuk will entertain the Chelyabinsk crowd at this weekend's KHL All-Star game. The New Jersey star forward has decided to stay in Russia at least until Sunday despite an unofficial end to the NHL lockout.
  • SKA player Ilya Kovalchuk. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko)
    Swan song: NHL greats make waves on their last week at home (VIDEO)
    With the NHL lockout over, some of Russia's biggest hockey stars are to return overseas soon. But Malkin, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk and Datsyuk still produced key performances for their teams in the KHL this week.
  • CSKA player Pavel Datsyuk in the regular season Kontinental Hockey League match. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko)
    Datsyuk leads CSKA to Army Derby win (VIDEO)
    CSKA Moscow topped SKA Saint Petersburg in KHL biggest game of the week, while Alex Ovechkin’s Dynamo slipped to second in the league following two defeats in a row.
  • Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk (C) plays against Finland in Channel One Cup (RIA Novosti / Grigoriy Sokolov)
    Kovalchuk feels chemistry within Russian hockey squad (VIDEO)
    Hockey stars, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk, agree that the victory in the Chanel One Cup has been a great test for Team Russia ahead of the home Olympics in Sochi.
  • Russia's players celebrate after scoring a goal during the Channel One Cup ice hockey match between Russia and Finland, part of the Euro Hockey Tour, in Moscow on December 16, 2012.(AFP Photo / Alexander Nemenov)
    Russia finish perfect in Channel One Cup
    Star-studded Russia have maintained a perfect record at the home Euro Hockey Tour stage - the Channel One Cup - beating Finland 3-1.
  • Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk celebrates his first goal against the Czech Republic (RIA Novosti  / Grigoriy Sokolov)
    Datsyuk on fire against Czech Republic
    Pavel Datsyuk bagged a hat-trick in Russia’s 6-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic at the Chanel One Cup in Moscow, with the win propelling the Red Machine to the top of Euro Hockey Tour standings.