Pittsburgh loses Gonchar to broken wrist

Oct. 21, 2009 at 6:33 PM

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar for 4-6 weeks because of a broken left wrist.

The 35-year-old Gonchar was hurt in Tuesday's 5-1 win over St. Louis when he landed awkwardly following a collision with St. Louis forward David Backes late in the second period.

"Surgery was not a consideration at all," Coach Dan Bylsma said Wednesday on the team's Web site. "(The bone is) not displaced. It's a small fracture (and) will heal on its own."

Gonchar, a 14-year NHL veteran and a key cog in Pittsburgh's defense, has compiled eight points (two goals, six assists) while leading the reigning Stanley Cup champion Penguins to an 8-1 start in the 2009-10 season.

He is in the final season of a five-year, $25 million contract.

Gonchar missed most of last season with a shoulder injury he suffered in an exhibition game.

It later required surgery.

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