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Penguins' Boucher out after undergoing surgery; Gonchar to return

Saturday, 02.14.2009 / 5:08 PM / News

The Canadian Press

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Philippe Boucher is out indefinitely after undergoing left foot surgery on Saturday.

The Penguins acquired Boucher from Dallas for defenceman Darryl Sydor on Nov. 16, but Boucher has been limited to two goals and two assists in 23 games with Pittsburgh. He has not played since Jan. 30.

Boucher's operation came on the same day defenceman Sergei Gonchar returned to the Penguins' lineup after being out all season with a dislocated left shoulder. Coach Michel Therrien said Gonchar would make his 2008-09 season debut in Toronto on Saturday night.

Gonchar is the only NHL defenceman to get at least 50 points in each of the previous eight seasons.

Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko, out since breaking his right hand in a fight with Atlanta's Colby Armstrong on Jan. 6, also was scheduled to play Saturday night.

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