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Icing It Down: Crisis averted in Atlanta

Updated: February 4, 2008, 2:35 PM ET
By Tim Kavanagh | Special to ESPN.com

There almost was another superstar felled by injury this past week, as Ilya Kovalchuk was the victim of an arguably dirty hit at the hands -- errr, leg -- of Jarkko Ruutu. Kovalchuk decided to take the high road, sort of, when asked whether he thought it was a "dirty" hit, saying, "I don't know. That's a game situation -- hockey, it's a contact sport. [Ruutu]'s always looking for some dirty stuff." The last sentence clearly is a little dig at the reputation of Ruutu, who, to be fair, has played ...

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