Leclaire out four weeks

The Sens have lost goalie Pascal Leclaire for four weeks after he was injured by a puck while...

The Sens have lost goalie Pascal Leclaire for four weeks after he was injured by a puck while sitting on the bench last night. (Sun Media file)

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, Last Updated: 1:24 PM ET

Senators number one goaltender Pascal Leclaire has a fractured cheekbone and will miss up to a month of action.

Leclaire was injured during the second period Monday when he was hit in the face with a puck while sitting on the team bench. The puck flew up off the ice and struck him in the left cheek.

He is scheduled to see a doctor tomorrow and it is believed he will require surgery to repair the damage.

"It's disappointing, totally bad luck. I don't know the odds. If you see it the other way, it could have hit me in the eye," said Leclaire. "Sitting on the bench and getting a puck in the face. It's something I'll laugh about in 20 years.

"I didn't see it coming. I was talking to one of the trainers, just chit-chatting and it hit me like a baseball bat."

The club called up Mike Brodeur today on an emergency basis from its AHL farm club in Binghamton.

Leclaire was already out nursing what was believed to be a minor, lower-body injury during Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals when the latest injury took place. He left the bench and did not return.

His original injury occurred on the weekend, when the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. He appeared to injure his lower leg when a Penguins forward fell on him in the crease. Leclaire stayed in until the end of the period, but backup Brian Elliott finished the game.

Elliott also played Monday's game, and will now have to shoulder the bulk of the goaltending duties during a stretch when the Senators start to spend a lot of time on the road. Ottawa travels to New Jersey Wednesday to face the Devils, then return home Thursday to face Columbus before hitting the road for a week-long trek through Boston, San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Anaheim.

Brodeur, 26, has appeared in 15 of 20 games this season with Binghamton, posting a 5-4-1 record with two shutouts, a 2.92 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage.

The 6-2, 190-pound Brodeur was the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 8, turning aside 94-of-96 shots in three appearances (2-1-0) that week while recording a 0.67 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.


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