Injured Gonchar practices with Penguins

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Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar joined his teammates for an optional practice at Southpointe this morning.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Gonchar's status for Game 7 of the Penguins-Capitals series tomorrow night at the Verizon Center won't be determined until after the game-day skate.

Gonchar has not played since injuring his right knee in a collision with Washington left winger Alex Ovechkin. Gonchar, who spoke to reporters today for the first time since he was injured, said he has an opinion on whether Ovechkin's hit was dirty, but he declined to share it.

The series is tied 3-3 following last night's victory by Washington at Mellon Arena.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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