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Gonchar cleared to play for Penguins

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Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has been cleared to return to the lineup by doctors and his return to the lineup is imminent. However, he will not play Wednesday night in the Penguins' matchup with the San Jose Sharks at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.

"It’s going to be day by day; it depends on how I feel," Gonchar said. "(The doctor) cleared me to play. He said my shoulder was doing well. He’s happy with the progress we’ve made over the last month since the last time I’ve seen him. He checked out my shoulder from different angles and everything is working well."

Gonchar, who has missed the entire the season after having surgery Oct. 2 to repair cartilage and ligament damage in his left shoulder, will make the final decision on when he will return.

"It's going to be up to Gonch to decide his comeback," head coach Michel Therrien said. "He looks really sharp in practice. No one's going to pressure him to come back. You have to feel comfortable and confident as well."

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