Sens' Leclaire out with concussion
Can it get any worse for Ottawa goalie Pascal Leclaire?
Leclaire, who has already missed time this season because of a freak injury, is out of the lineup again after suffering a concussion when he took a puck to the mask during the Senators' morning skate on Thursday.
This time, the injury-prone Leclaire could be out for a while. The 27-year-old told reporters on Friday that the shot temporarily knocked him out, and the headaches and dizziness began immediately after he left the ice.
"It's frustrating," he said. "I'm very disappointed."
Leclaire was hurt during a two-on-one drill Thursday when teammate Mike Fisher fired a shot that hit the netminder flush in the mask.
The Sens will be taking Leclaire through concussion protocols for the coming week, and he's out indefinitely until his condition improves.
It's another setback for Leclaire, whose entire career has been plagued by injury, and no injury was stranger than the one he sustained on Nov. 24.
While sitting on the bench during a game against Washington, Leclaire was hit in the face by a puck that cleared the boards. He missed four weeks after suffering a broken cheekbone.
In a strange coincidence, the puck came off the stick of the aforementioned Fisher.
Leclaire's latest injury means Brian Elliot, who's battling illness, and rookie Mike Brodeur will share goaltending duties for the foreseeable future.
Brodeur, a distant relative of the Devils' Martin Brodeur, notched his first NHL shutout during a 2-0 win in the Sens' last game, which was against the Rangers on Thursday. The 26-year-old has won both of his NHL starts, while Elliot is 10-11-3 this season.
Ottawa visits Montreal on Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).