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Penguins' Gonchar breaks wrist, out 4 to 6 weeks

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will be out four to six weeks with a broken left wrist, his third significant injury in slightly more than a year.

Gonchar, who went into Wednesday's games third in scoring among NHL defensemen with eight points, missed the first 56 games of last season after undergoing left shoulder surgery.

The 35-year-old also played the final two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee, although he missed only two games.

Gonchar's latest injury occurred during a collision with a St. Louis Blues player during the second period of the Penguins' 5-1 victory Tuesday night.

The Penguins were 17-4-4 when Gonchar played last season. They are 8-1 this season and have won six games in a row.

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