Sergei Gonchar D DAL 7 Months

Sergei Gonchar scored his first goal of the season Sunday, but the Stars lost to the Islanders by a score of 4-2.

It took him 39 games to do it, but Gonchar finally got on the board with an even-strength marker in the first period. Ray Whitney also counted for Dallas with his fifth of the campaign in the defeat.

Sergei Gonchar D DAL 7 Months

Although Sergei Gonchar didn't make Team Russia, he would still be happy to join them as an injury replacement if they end up needing one.

"Yes, definitely," Gonchar said. "They have been great for me. Growing up in Russia, I never thought about NHL, I only thought about Olympics. That's the biggest dream you're dreaming of. It's disappointing, because this would be special playing at home." Gonchar has represented Russia in four Olympic Games. The 39-year-old defenseman has 12 points in 38 contests this season.

Sergei Gonchar D DAL 7 Months

Sergei Gonchar didn't make Team Russia's roster.

Gonchar has enjoyed a great career, but he has understandably slowed down at the age of 39. That being said, it's not like Russia's defense will be filled with stars, so it was still somewhat surprising to see him kept off the team. He has 12 points in 36 games in 2013-14.

Sergei Gonchar D DAL 8 Months

Sergei Gonchar (concussion) will return to the fold on Monday night.

He has missed six games because of concussion-like symptoms. "With that kind of injury, you want to be sure, and I was also out 10 days not doing anything. That's what happens with concussions, you lay around and don't do anything," Gonchar said "So I feel like I waited and worked and my conditioning is good, and I can jump right in now." Gonchar has no goals and 12 assists in 35 games this campaign.

Sergei Gonchar D DAL 8 Months

Coach Lindy Ruff thinks Sergei Gonchar could return from his concussion-like symptoms on Monday.

"I would expect Sergei to be back on the Isle (Monday)," Ruff said after Saturday's skate. "He was actually hoping maybe for tonight. My feelings were hold him out, get him a real good skate today, another real good practice, and he'll be over it." He took part in Saturday's skate and looked good during the session.

Sergei Gonchar D DAL 8 Months

Sergei Gonchar (concussion) took part the Stars' practice on Friday.

Gonchar is doubtful for Saturday's game, but should be able to return in the near future. He has 12 assists and a minus-five rating in 35 games in 2013-14.

Sergei Gonchar D DAL 8 Months

Sergei Gonchar was skating in a no-contact jersey at the Stars' practice Monday.

He seems to be progressing from his concussion. This is good news. We will keep you advised as to Gonchar's recovery.

Sergei Gonchar D DAL 8 Months

Sergei Gonchar worked out off ice on Saturday.

He is dealing with a concussion and is in the first stages of recovery. Gonchar, who missed the Stars' last two games, will be looking to step up his physical activity next week provided he does not suffer a setback.

Sergei Gonchar D DAL 8 Months

Dallas has moved Sergei Gonchar, who has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms, to injured reserve.

Gonchar leads the Stars' defense corps with 12 points in 35 games this season. He was originally pegged to miss seven-to-10 days with the ailment and he's retroactive to Dec. 21.

Sergei Gonchar D DAL 8 Months

Sergei Gonchar is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.

The Dallas Stars are reporting that he'll miss the next seven-to-10 days, but if it's a concussion then that timeline shouldn't be regarded as reliable. He sustained the injury on Saturday when he was struck in the face by the puck.