Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque will make Montreal debut against Boston

MONTREAL – Tough guy Georges Laraque will make his first start for the Montreal Canadiens in the team’s NHL home opener on Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins.

Laraque, who signed as a free agent last summer, missed all of training camp and the team’s first three regular season games on the road with a groin injury.

Coach Guy Carbonneau said team doctors gave Laraque the green light to play.

“He skated the last four days with no pain,” said Carbonneau. “I told him when I first talked to him that I don’t want him to sit on the bench and then go out and fight, we want him to play hockey.

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“We want him to get in game shape. But I saw some things against Philadelphia I didn’t like and the same against Boston and he can help in that department.”

Winger Steve Begin was expected to come out of the lineup to make room for Laraque.