Insider Intel: The invaluable Gonchar
The numbers show Sergei Gonchar's offensive production keeps Pens competitive
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.
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The Red Wings and Penguins feature an array of deadly weapons, so how do you neutralize them? As we head into the Stanley Cup finals, Lindsay Berra and EJ Hradek quizzed those who know best -- players who have seen them in extensive regular-season or recent postseason action -- to scout their tendencies, strengths and weaknesses.