Here is an update from head coach Dan Bylsma on Gonchar's playing status for Wednesday's Game 7 showdown:
"He looked good out there. He's been progressing. We knew at some point he would get back on the ice. This is the first step and we'll see how he reacts. We'll see (Wednesday) and go from there. We're evaluating day-by-day. Today was promising but tomorrow could totally change with swelling or something like that. It's just day-by-day. That's a conversation we'll have after the morning skate and the evening time as well."
Gonchar spoke briefly with the media:
"I have to wait and see how my body reacts to it. It's going to be a game-time decision. I don't want to say anything else. It's too early. I'm waiting until tomorrow and then we'll make a decision."
Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar joined a few of his teammates for an optional practice at Southpointe on Tuesday afternoon. It's the first time Gonchar has skated since suffering a knee-to-knee hit from Washington's Alex Ovechkin in Game 4 last Friday.
Author: Sam Kasan