Ilya Kovalchuk given the day off

Ilya¬†Kovalchuk missed Russia’s final practice before the qualification round.

Russian hockey coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov told reporters Monday that the forward was resting and not injured.

Kovalchuk missed the final minutes of the second period in Sunday’s win over Slovakia after appearing to hurt his right ankle. He returned and played in the preliminary-round game, scoring in a shootout to seal a much-needed victory.

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