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With Gonchar hurt, Pens recall rookie for Game 5

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WASHINGTON (AP) - With Sergei Gonchar recovering from a knee-to-knee blow from Alex Ovechkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins have called up rookie defenseman Alex Goligoski before Game 5 against the Washington Capitals.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday that 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.

Ovechkin was assessed a minor penalty for the first-period hit on Gonchar, who spent about a minute on the ice before being assisted to the bench. The Penguins won Friday night's game 5-3 to tie the series at two games apiece.

Goligoski had six goals and 14 assists in 44 games with the Penguins in the regular season.

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