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Capitals place Gonchar on injured reserve

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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The Washington Tuesday placed defenseman on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury. The 29-year-old Gonchar, who leads all defensemen in scoring, has been out since he sustained a second-degree ligament tear on January 23 at Florida.

For the season, he has five goals and ranks second in the league with 38 assists. The native of Russia is first in the NHL with 25 power-play assists and is tied for third in power-play points (28).

Washington also recalled center Graham Mink from Portland of the American Hockey League. The 23-year-old Mink had 13 goals and 22 points in 42 games this year for the Pirates.

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