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Sergei Gonchar out, Alex Goligoski in for Game 5

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From the PG:

The Penguins have recalled defenseman Alex Goligoski from their farm team in Wilkes-Barre, and he is scheduled to be in the lineup for Game 5 of their second-round playoff series against Washington tonight at 7:08 p.m. at the Verizon Center.

 

There have been conflicting reports on Sergei Gonchar's status: Seth at Empty Netters linked to a place that said Gonchar could have returned for Game 4, but then Brooks Orpik said he saw Gonchar after the game and it "didn't look good".

Gonchar did at least make the trip with the team to Washington, albeit wearing some sort of knee brace.  But reports of the extent of the injury, if known, are obviously not going to be released.

Which could be a good thing to not hear much...If Gonchar suffered a serious injury (which may not be apparent due to swelling) the team would probably announce it, since there's no point in delaying the inevitable.

So let's wait and see.

Goligoski did well for the Penguins, scoring 6 goals and 14 assists in 45 games with PIttsburgh.  Without Gonchar the Penguins are going to rely on Goligoski, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin to quarterback the power-play.