Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar (right) left practice today after about 15 minutes. He looked fairly uncomfortable after being injured in Wednesday's game in New Jersey when he blocked a shot with his right foot. Gonchar leads all Penguins defensemen with 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 18 games. He is a minus-2.
Gonchar was not available to the media following the practice.
Dan Bylsma said of Gonchar:
"He was better today in terms of dealing with his injury, but wasn’t great on the ice. Without a morning skate tomorrow, it’s tough to think we’re going to have him. We’re hoping that he continues to progress, and if that’s the case, it could be a warm-up decision."
The Penguins play in Tampa Bay tomorrow at 3 p.m.
(Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)