Concussion to keep Gonchar sidelined

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:03 PM ET

Sergei Gonchar’s season is likely over.

The Senators defenceman didn’t accompany the club to Atlanta for Sunday’s 2 p.m. tilt against the Thrashers, which means he’ll be out all of this week. There’s also very little chance he’ll play in the final week.

Gonchar, recoving from a concussion that has forced him to miss four straight games, has been working out lightly in the gym.

“He’s still a ways away. He’s not going to come on the trip and then he’s only got another week after that,” said coach Cory Clouston. “If he’s symptom-free, we’ll up the intensity and try to get him on the ice.

“I guess the best-case scenario is we can get him on the ice to join the team for a practice and then he can play a game or two at he end, but that’s being optimistic.”

Crossing the hall

Senators LW Nick Foligno thought it was a little strange to leave the ice Saturday while his brother Marcus was getting ready to suit up for the Sudbury Wolves across the hall. The Wolves opened their first-round OHL playoff series against the 67’s with an 8-7 victory at The Bank. “It’s weird to go over and see my old junior team,” said Nick Foligno, who played for Sudbury from 2004-07. “It’s pretty fun. I hope he does really well. He has a great opportunity to make a lasting memory with a playoff run. Hopefully he can be a big-time player for that team.” Marcus, 19, was a fourth-round pick of the Sabres in the 2009 draft. The left winger, in his fourth year with the Wolves, set career highs this season with 23 goals and 59 points in 47 games.

This n' that

Clouston made one switch with the lines by shifting fourth-line C Jesse Winchester to the third unit in place of C Zack Smith. Both have struggled lately ... G Curtis McElhinney, who missed Friday’s game for personal reasons, was back on the ice Saturday. He travelled to Atlanta and G Mike Brodeur was sent back to Binghamton.


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