Found April 03, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar won't suit up Tuesday versus the Carolina Hurricanes because of a lower-body injury.Gonchar didn't practice with the team Tuesday and coach Paul MacLean called the injury "minor" when asked by reporters about the 37-year-old's status.Gonchar has five goals and 32 assists in 72 games for the Senators this season.Ottawa sits seventh in the Eastern Conference standings and clinched a playoff berth Sunday with a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

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