Oft-injured Ottawa goaltender Pascal Leclaire was forced to leave Thursday night's game with what the team is calling a lower-body injury. He will not return.
Leclaire was involved in what appeared to be a minor collision with Carolina Hurricanes forward Brian Skinner early in the first period. Moments later he was also involved in a second collision with Tom Kostopoulos. He went down to the ice and stayed there until he was attended to by a team trainer, then headed immediately to the Senators dressing room. Brian Elliott took over in goal.
Leclaire, a former first-round pick by Columbus who was acquired by Ottawa at the trade deadline in March 2009, has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, but started each of Ottawa's first four games this season. Coach Cory Clouston has said the 27-year old has been the Senators best player thus far this season despite an 0-2-1 record, a .900 save percentage and a 3.28 goals against average.