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Player Spotlight: Sergei Gonchar

Thursday, 06.09.2012 / 12:07 PM / Features
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Player Spotlight: Sergei Gonchar

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

SERGEI GONCHAR

2011-12 stats: 74 GP, 5 G, 32 A, 37 PTS, 55 PIM, -4 rating

Last season: It can probably be said that Gonchar's performance in his second season in Ottawa mirrored that of his team, which went from an also-ran in 2010-11 to a surprising return to the Stanley Cup playoffs last year. The native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, boosted his point total to 37 — 10 more than in his debut season with the Senators, and second-best among Ottawa blueliners — and lowered his plus-minus rating significantly as well. In an April 1 road matchup with the New York Islanders, Gonchar netted his first game-winning goal with the Senators in a 5-1 triumph that also proved to be a post-season berth clincher for the team.

The highlight: The milestone games continued to arrive for Gonchar, as he played his 1,100th career NHL contest on Jan. 19, when the Senators dumped the Sharks 4-1 in St. Jose. During the 2010-11 campaign — his first in an Ottawa uniform — Gonchar hit the 1,000-game plateau.

Looking forward: With the Senators potentially adding more youth to their blue line in 2012-13, Gonchar's veteran presence grows further in importance. The Russian defenceman also figures to retain a prominent role on Ottawa's power-play unit — he's one goal shy of 100 career NHL markers with the man advantage — and the Senators no doubt hope he continues to chip in offensively as he did in his bounce-back season of 2011-12.

Quote: “When you're playing in the NHL, you have 20 guys that make each other pretty competitive. We all want to prove something. When you have a season like we had (in 2010-11), you want to come back and you want to be better. You want to prove it, not only to the people on the outside, but to yourselves as a group.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06