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Gonchar will miss 4 to 6 months after shoulder surgery

Updated: September 30, 2008, 1:53 PM ET
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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will have arthroscopic surgery on his dislocated left shoulder Thursday and miss four to six months of the upcoming season.

Gonchar, one of the NHL's top offensive defensemen, has cartilage and ligament damage and had hoped to avoid surgery. He was hurt on a hit by Tampa Bay's David Koci in an exhibition game against the Lightning on Sept. 20.

Gonchar, 34, could be out until March, which would sideline him for most of the ...

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