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Gonchar nearly ready to make season debut

Updated: February 12, 2009, 1:11 PM ET
By John Pereira, Special to ESPN.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins received some good news as they attempt to get back into playoff position. Defenseman Sergei Gonchar has been cleared by doctors to return to the Penguins' lineup for the first time this season.

"It's going to be day by day; it depends on how I feel," Gonchar said in an interview on the team's official Web site. "[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 ...

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