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by Paul on 12/20/10 at 05:57 PM ET
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
Sergei Gonchar emerged from the Ottawa Senators dressing room almost an hour after Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, the strain of a dreadful start to his career with the Senators written all over his face.
The Senators’ prized summer free agent signing was expected to put a spark into the Senators power play and all-around offensive game. Instead, he ranks 26th among NHL defencemen in scoring, with four goals and 12 assists in 35 games.
More glaring, however, are his defensive mistakes, including an inexcusable gaffe early in the second period Sunday which helped the Capitals change the game’s momentum and overcome an early 2-0 deficit.
Gonchar now owns a plus-minus rating of minus 19, which ranks him 753rd among 756 NHL players. At his current rate, he will end the season with a staggering minus 44.
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