Hockey

Senators call up goalie Elliott

The struggling Ottawa Senators appear ready to give Brian Elliott a shot at establishing himself in net.

The slumping Ottawa Senators appear ready to give Brian Elliott a shot at establishing himself in net.

The Senators recalled the goalie from their Binghamton affiliate in the American Hockey League on Friday.

Elliott, who had two shutouts in 30 games with Binghamton, sports a 2.31 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.

Elliott, who helped lead the University of Wisconsin to a championship in 2006, played in one game for Ottawa last season, making 28 saves in his NHL debut, a 3-1 victory over Atlanta.

Ottawa lost their fourth straight and seventh in eight games on Thursday, and both of their veteran goalies are struggling.

Martin Gerber, who made 16 saves in a 6-4 defeat in Boston, has a save percentage of just .899. Alex Auld played well for the first two months but has now allowed 31 goals during a seven-game losing streak.

The Senators will play their first game in Ottawa in three weeks on Saturday, when they take on the New York Rangers (CBC, CBCsports.ca, 6:30 p.m. ET).

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