Sens' Brodeur hoping for his shot

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:05 PM ET

NEWARK, N.J. — Mike Brodeur, somewhere back through the years, is related to that other Brodeur, the one the Senators will likely face Wednesday.

“It’s so distant. (Martin) wouldn’t be at my family reunion,” said Mike Brodeur, called up from Binghamton of the AHL with Pascal Leclaire sidelined up to a month with a fractured cheek bone.

“(The family connection) is deep in the (family) tree.”

Mike Brodeur got the call at 11 p.m. Monday, shortly after Leclaire was struck in the right cheek by the puck as he sat at the end of the bench.

Leclaire was backing up Brian Elliott vs. the Washington Capitals because the Senators’ No. 1 goalie still wasn’t 100% after suffering a lower-body injury Saturday vs. the Buffalo Sabres.

“I was as happy as a kid in a candy store,” said Brodeur, who arrived in Ottawa at 4 a.m. Tuesday and was on the ice for practice at 11.

Elliott went in for the third period of the 5-3 win over the Sabres and started the 4-3 OT win over the Capitals.

He’ll be even busier with the Senators starting a stretch of three games in four nights. They play 16 games in 29 days heading into the Christmas break, meaning Mike Brodeur will likely soon get his first NHL start.

“We’ll play it by ear, but there’s a good chance he’s going to have to play some games,” said coach Cory Clouston.

Brodeur, 26, has played in 15 of the Binghamton Senators’ 20 games this season with a 5-4-1 record and two shutouts to go with a 2.92 GAA and .898 save percentage.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was drafted by the Blackhawks in the seventh round (211th overall) of the 2003 draft out of Camrose of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

He’s kicked around the minors since, playing in the East Coast Hockey League as late as last season. He was signed as a free agent by the Senators last summer.

“This is a dream come true for me. This is what I’ve worked my whole life for,” he said. “I’m finally here, but it’s sad it’s because of an injury.”

Hear and there

Clouston said the Senators will likely be without RW Alex Kovalev for a third straight game as he is still with family following the death of his mother-in-law in Russia ... D Anton Volchenkov is expected to miss his 12th straight game with a dislocated elbow, although he is close to returning. He practised with his teammates Tuesday. He could play Thursday night when the Senators are back home to host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Winning lines

After line juggling sparked the Senators in their come-from-behind win vs. the Capitals, coach Cory Clouston went with the same combinations at practice: Milan Michalek-Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson; Peter Regin-Mike Fisher-Ryan Shannon; Nick Foligno-Jesse Winchester-Jonathan Cheechoo; Jarkko Ruutu-Chris Kelly-Chris Neil.

Devils get busy

Playing their first game since Saturday, the Devils could have used the rest if for no other reason than they are facing three games in less than four days. After the Senators, the Devils play U.S. Thanksgiving weekend matinees in Boston Friday, then at home Saturday vs. the Islanders ... The Devils have lost three straight, their longest skid of the season.

Injuries

Senators: G Pascal Leclaire (fractured cheek), one month; D Anton Volchenkov (elbow), could return Thursday; RW Shean Donovan (knee),

out indefinitely; RW Alex Kovalev (personal leave), won’t play Wednesday.

Devils: C Dainius Zubrus (fractured knee cap), 4-6 weeks; RW Ilkka Pikkarainen (flu), day-to-day; C Rob Niedermayer (upper body), day-to-day.


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