Pittsburgh Penguins
Dallas Stars
Sergei Gonchar
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SergeiGonchar
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 210
BIRTHDATE: 04/13/1974
AGE: 40
BIRTHPLACE: Chelyabinsk, RUS
DRAFTED: WSH: 1992-14 overall
2008-09 NOTES
*Recorded two points (1G-1A), including the game-winning goal in Game 3 versus Detroit June 2.
*Ranks second in the NHL among defensemen with 14 points (3G-11A) despite missing two games due to injury.
*Leads the NHL with nine power-play assists through 21 post-season games.
*Has appeared in 21 of the Penguins 23 post-season games.
*Leads the team with an average ice time 22:58 minutes per contest.

PLAYOFF HIGHS
Points: 2 - (3X) last time, June 2 vs. DET
Shots: 5 - (2X) last time, May 6 vs. WSH
Icetime: 31:53 - Apr. 17 vs. PHI
Plus/Minus: +2 - May 23 @ CAR
Blocked Shots: 4 - (3X) May 23 @ CAR
Hits: 4 - June 9 vs. DET

CAREER PLAYOFF HIGHS
Goals: 2 (2X) 04/26/1998 WAS 3 at BOS 2
Assists: 3 (1X) 05/11/2008 PIT 4 vs PHI 2
Points: 3 (2X) 05/11/2008 PIT 4 vs PHI 2 (0G-3A)br>SOG: 7 (2X) 04/20/2003 WAS 1 vs TB 2
PIM: 6 (1X) 05/23/1998 WAS 0 vs BUF 2
+ / - : 3 (3X) 05/09/1998 WAS 6 vs OTT 1

CAREER HIGHS: MOST RECENT:
Goals: 3(1X) 01/04/2000 WAS 6 vs MTL
Assists: 3(15X) 03/17/2009 PIT 6 vs. ATL 2
Points: 5(1X) 12/13/2006 PIT 8 vs PHI 4 (2G-3A)br>SOG : 12(1X) 02/04/2006 PIT 4 vs NYI 5
PIM : 10 (1X) 03/09/1998 WAS 5 vs CGY 2
Hat Tricks: 1 01/04/2000 WAS 6 vs MTL 1 (3G)br>
2007-08:  Again confirmed status as one of NHL’s elite defensemen. Finished second in scoring among league defensemen for second straight year with 65 points (12+53) and tied for second among defensemen in playoffs with 14 points (1+13). … Finished fourth in voting for Norris Trophy as NHL’s best defenseman behind Nicklas Lidstrom, Dion Phaneuf and Zdeno Chara … Has scored at least 50 points in eight straight seasons, tops among active defensemen … Recorded 600th NHL point Feb. 21 vs. Montreal and played 900th career game March 27 vs. NY Islanders … Ranked eighth in NHL in average ice time (22:55) and ranked second on team in blocked shots (124) … Had two five-game point streaks and 14 multiple point games … Played in his fourth NHL All-Star Game … Tied playoff career high with three assists in Game 2 vs. Philadelphia and assisted on triple-overtime game-winner in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Finals vs. Detroit.

NHL CAREER: Since 2000, leads all NHL defensemen with 111 goals and is second only to Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom in points (442-431) … 13-year veteran broke in with Washington in 1994-95 and played 10 seasons with Caps from 1994-2004 … Played in Stanley Cup Finals with Caps in 1998 … Established career highs with 26 goals in 2001-02 and 67 points in 2002-03 … Was named Second Team NHL All-Star in 2001-02 and 2002-03 … Traded to Boston late in 2003-04 season and played 15 games with Bruins before signing as free agent with Penguins in 2005 … Set career high with 54 assists and tied career mark with 67 points in 2006-07 … 67 points were most by Penguins defenseman since Larry Murphy had 73 in 1993-94 … Entering this season, had scored 169 points in last 168 games with Penguins (31+138).

INTERNATIONAL: Won two Olympic medals with Russia – silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002. … Also represented Russia in two World Championships (2000 and 2007), two World Cups (1996, 2005), one World Junior Championship (1993) and one European Junior Championship (1992) … Has seven points in eight career World Cup games, tallying seven points (3+4) … Played with Magnitogorsk in Russian league during 2004-05 lockout, recording 19 points (2+17) in 40 games… Was Magnitogorsk teammate of Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora ... Played three seasons in Russian league from 1991-94, one for Traktor Chelyabinsk and two for Dynamo Moscow, before coming to North America.