Insider Intel: The invaluable Gonchar

The numbers show Sergei Gonchar's offensive production keeps Pens competitive

Originally Published: June 4, 2009
By Mike Hume | ESPN Insider

Wallowing. That's probably the best word to describe the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 14. With a 27-24-2 record, they looked nothing like the team that had surged to the Stanley Cup finals the previous season, largely because, until that day, they lacked one of the biggest pieces in their championship puzzle: Sergei Gonchar.