Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/11/14

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils celebrate Parise's goal at 14:14 of the first period against the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center on October 1, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk is back with the New Jersey Devils. The high-scoring Russian participated in a scrimmage against the Devils' top minor league team on Wednesday, scoring a goal and adding an assist less than 24 hours after landing in the United States following a flight from Russia. While there was much speculation whether Kovalchuk would return to the Devils after playing 36 games in the KHL during the NHL's four-month lockout, Kovalchuk said there was never a doubt in his mind that he would play for the Devils if a new collective bargaining agreement was reached. Kovalchuk missed the Devils' first three practices after the new 10-year CBA was finalized Saturday night. He decided to play in the KHL All-Star game Sunday as a way to thank the Russian people.
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