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Ilya Kovalchuk plays Thursday

Updated: May 4, 2012, 12:31 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right winger Ilya Kovalchuk is playing in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kovalchuk missed his team's 4-1 victory in Game 2 with what the team is calling a lower-body injury. The Star-Ledger of Newark reported that the 29-year-old is dealing with a herniated disk in his back.

Kovalchuk made an immediate impact Thursday, scoring and adding an assist in the first period.

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