The Penguins announced Wednesday afternoon that veteran blueliner Sergei Gonchar
will miss the next six weeks with a broken wrist. The injury will not require surgery.
Gonchar was injured towards the latter end of the second period of Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues
when he landed awkwardly following a collision with a Blues' player.
Losing Gonchar will be a significant blow to the Penguins' offense as the Russian defenseman ranks tied for second among all NHL defensemen with eight points (2G-6A) through Tuesday night's contests. Gonchar also plays significant minutes for the Penguins, leading the team in ice time at 24:06.
Gonchar missed the team's first 56 games last year after dislocating his left shoulder on a check by then-Tampa Bay Lightning left winger David Koci
in the preseason. Upon Gonchar's return, the team went 17-4-4 en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
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