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Gonchar to make Habs debut tonight

Sergei Gonchar

Sergei Gonchar


Sergei Gonchar, acquired from Dallas on Tuesday, will make his Montreal debut tonight when the Habs host the Bruins at the Bell Centre.

“It’s a good group,” Gonchar said, per the team Twitter account. “I’m happy to be a part of it.”

The 40-year-old looks as though he’ll be paired with Tom Gilbert, and practiced alongside fellow Russian d-man Andrei Markov on the power play. It makes sense that head coach Michel Therrien would quickly implement Gonchar with the man advantage; Montreal’s power play is in desperate need of improvement (third-worst in the NHL at 7.1 percent.)

Tonight’s game is also something of a reunion for Gonchar, as he’ll be taking on his former club -- the Bruins acquired Gonchar at the 2004 trade deadline, and he went on to appear in 15 regular season and seven playoff games for the B’s.