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Sergei Gonchar to Undergo Surgery; Sidelined Four to Six Months

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his dislocated shoulder Thursday and will be sidelined for four to six months.

UPMC physician Dr. Mark Rodosky will perform the surgery to repair cartilage and ligament damage to his left shoulder.  Gonchar suffered the injury during the first period of the Penguins’ pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on September 20.

“It is always difficult to lose a very talented player and leader for an extended period of time, but we all believe this is the best decision for Sergei,” said Ray Shero, the Penguins’ executive vice president and general manager. “We are confident that he will come back strong after this surgery. In the meantime, we’ll look to our other defensemen to step up in his absence.”

Gonchar, 34, ranked second in scoring among NHL defensemen in each of the past two seasons and had registered 615 points (185 goals, 430 assists) in 904 career NHL games.

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