Leclaire gets behind mask again

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

Pascal Leclaire was feeling cheeky yesterday.

The Senators goaltender was on the ice before the club's morning skate in full gear -- including a mask -- and faced shots for the first time since suffering a broken cheekbone Nov. 25, when he was struck by a puck on the team's bench.

It's an encouraging sign because Leclaire, who has missed eight games, is scheduled to be out for about a month.

GM Bryan Murray said the Senators will have a better idea today how much longer Leclaire will be out. The netminder was scheduled to have an X-ray last night.

"It's good that he was able to face shots. The next step is to get him back to the point where he's able to practise with the team," said Murray. "We're not going to rush him back.

"We're going to make sure everything is okay and we don't want him to risk the possibility of getting it injured again."

Leclaire skated while the Senators were on their recent five-game road trip, but his cheek had been too tender to put on a mask.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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