The Devils said Monday that the MRI taken on Ilya Kovalchuk's right shoulder Sunday didn't reveal anything different concerning his injury than the X-rays taken after he was hurt in Saturday's 2-1 win over Florida. So, the initial estimate provided by general manager Lou Lamoriello on Sunday that Kovalchuk will be out two to four weeks remains the same.

If it's four weeks, Kovalchuk still would be back in time for the final week of the regular season. Devils coach Pete DeBoer said the injury is "serious enough that Lou said two to four weeks."

"But, for me, that's good news," DeBoer said. "We know he's going to be back. We just have to give ourselves an opportunity to still be playing and still have a chance to get in the playoffs when he's back."

Clarkson cut

Right wing David Clarkson needed two stitches to close a cut under his right eye from an unpenalized high stick he took on the first shift of overtime. Clarkson also broke his skate and missed the remainder of overtime.

"That's the other reason I couldn't come back," Clarkson said. "My skate broke on the same play."

Clarkson said he didn't know who high-sticked him.

"It was the end of the game there," he said. "I'm not going to sit here and blame the refs because it's tough out there for them to see everything, too, but [it was] in our own zone and the puck's not nearby. I didn't even see the stick. I don't know if he lifted my own stick, but his stick was right at my head level."