Elbow injury fells Senators' A-Train

DON BRENNAN, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

TAMPA, FLA. - Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov is expected to be lost to the club for at least a couple of weeks after suffering an elbow injury in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers.

The extent of the damage will be determined when the rugged blue liner has an MRI.

"It'a a big loss for us," said goalie Pascal Leclaire. "He's a goalie's best friend. He'll be really missed, but we have the guys to step up."

Volchenkov left the game with less than four minutes remaining in the third after he went sliding into the Ottawa net while tracking down Florida's Kamil Kreps. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Panthers' centre fell directly on Volchenkov's right elbow.

"We hope it's only going to be maybe a couple of weeks," coach Cory Clouston said when asked how long he expects to be without his best defender. "We'll wait until we get back and get the MRI ... I don't want to say long term, but it'll probably be a couple of weeks."

Brian Lee has been recalled from Binghamton and will play tonight against the Tampa Lightning, as the Senators try to sweep two games in two nights in Florida. Clouston said Lee won't take Volchenkov's spot alongside Chris Phillips tonight, so there's a strong possibility Matt Carkner could be elevated to the top pairing.

The coach liked the way Filip Kuba meshed with Chris Campoli, who Clouston said had "one of his best games of the year."

He also had plenty of praise for Carkner, who has been playing with Alex Picard.

"In the last few minutes I thought Matt Carkner did a real good job of showing some poise," said Clouston. "He blocked a shot, did a great job on the breakouts ... I just think that (this) is another great opportunity for other guys."

Leclaire, who left the Florida game at the end of one period feeling the affects of the flu, said he is feeling much better today.

However, Brian Elliott will start in goal tonight against Tampa (7 p.m., TSN/RDS).


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