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Sergei Gonchar out after hit in head

Updated: December 31, 2011, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar did not play against the Buffalo Sabres after being struck in the head by a puck during warmups.

Senators spokesman Chris Moore said during the first period Saturday night that the 17-year NHL veteran was being held out for precautionary reasons.

Defenseman Brian Lee was pushed into action after coach Paul MacLean indicated earlier in the day that Lee was going to sit.

For Buffalo, center Nathan Gerbe returned ...

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