WASHINGTON (AP) -Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who endured a knee-to-knee hit from Alex Ovechkin the night before, was scratched from Saturday's Game 5 against the Washington Capitals.
Gonchar was injured in the first period of Pittsburgh's 5-3 win on Friday. Ovechkin was assessed a minor penalty on the play, but was not further punished by the league.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Gonchar's injury was not as severe as initially thought, but the coach declined to say whether the veteran defenseman will play again in the postseason.
"We evaluated him and continue to evaluate him," Bylsma said. "It's more or less how he's going to respond. The swelling has not been significant but it's going to be day-to-day, game-time for Sergei. He's not doing as bad as we thought and it will be game-time as far as our decisions with our lineup."
To take Gonchar's spot, the Penguins recalled rookie defenseman Alex Goligoski from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL before Saturday's game. Goligoski had six goals and 14 assists in 44 games with the Penguins in the regular season.