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Penguins D Gonchar in lineup for Game 7 @NHL

WASHINGTON (AP) -Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar returned to the starting lineup after missing time with a knee injury, playing in Game 7 of Pittsburgh's second-round series against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Gonchar had been considered a game-time decision for the series-deciding game.

He hadn't played since leaving Game 4 in the first period Friday after a knee-to-knee hit from Alex Ovechkin.

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