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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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 37 22 11 4 119 97 48
2 DET 36 19 8 9 103 89 47
3 MTL 35 22 11 2 95 84 46
4 TOR 35 20 12 3 118 102 43
5 BOS 36 18 15 3 93 97 39
6 FLA 32 15 9 8 73 82 38
7 OTT 35 14 14 7 92 97 35
8 BUF 36 14 19 3 73 118 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 35 7 16 -13 23
K. Turris 35 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 32 7 15 5 22
C. MacArthur 34 10 8 -6 18
M. Hoffman 32 11 6 14 17
M. Zibanejad 33 9 8 1 17
M. Stone 33 8 8 6 16
A. Chiasson 32 7 8 -8 15
D. Legwand 35 6 8 -5 14
M. Michalek 31 3 6 -9 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 9 5 .928 2.43
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93