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Gonchar's Status Unchanged

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Head coach Dan Bylsma updated the media on the status of injured defenseman Sergei Gonchar on Sunday morning, but there wasn’t much new to report.

“Every day he’s being evaluated,” Bylsma said. “It’s nothing more than that. He’s (at Mellon Arena) and we’ll find out more about him after his treatment. That’s what I know. I don’t know more than that. I’m hoping that he improves and we can see him on the ice (Sunday) or (Monday) and go from there.”

Gonchar, who is still listed as day-to-day and a game-time decision for Monday's Game 6 showdown at Mellon Arena, suffered the injury in Pittsburgh’s 5-3 Game 4 victory at Mellon Arena on Friday night after colliding knee-to-knee with Washington's Alex Ovechkin. Gonchar, who missed the first 56 games of the season due to a shoulder injury, missed the Penguins’ 4-3 overtime win Saturday in Game 5.

“He missed almost the whole season,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “He worked so hard to get back. I think he was disappointed (to miss Game 6).”

In Gonchar’s absence Bylsma dressed seven defensemen with Philippe Boucher and rookie Alex Goligoski joining regulars Orpik, Rob Scuderi, Mark Eaton, Kris Letang and Hal Gill.

“I liked the play of both Alex and Boucher in the game; they both added what they are supposed to add,” Bylsma said. “It’s a huge benefit to have them. It’s not like we have five defensemen and don’t have people to replace Sarge. We have depth at that position.”

Bylsma wouldn’t confirm whether he will dress seven blueliners for Game 6.

“I anticipate if we go with seven, that’s exactly what we’ll do again,” Bylsma said. “It’s a consideration. It will be game-time come Monday.”
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