Elliott gets start; Senators sit Leclaire

The Ottawa Senators have benched Pascal Leclaire in favour of Brian Elliott against the Boston...

The Ottawa Senators have benched Pascal Leclaire in favour of Brian Elliott against the Boston Bruins. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

Pascal Leclaire has been benched.

Pulled after giving up three goals on 10 shots in a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday, Leclaire will be watching as Brian Elliott starts in the Ottawa Senators net tonight against the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Place.

While Leclaire is the No. 1, he hasn't been playing up to snuff. Elliott did a solid job in relief of Leclaire.

"There were six straight starts for Pascal so we need to keep both goaltenders sharp," said Senators coach Cory Clouston this morning. "Brian did a pretty good job coming in the last game."

The Senators will take defenceman Chris Campoli out of the lineup and blueliner Alex Picard is back after being a healthy scratch.

Naturally, the club needs to find a way to get to Boston goalie Tim Thomas, who has won 10 straight against the Senators.

"We have to keep doing what we're doing and hopefully we bury our chances. I don't know what you could do differently," said Clouston. "We're not going to run him. That doesn't make a lot of sense. We have to get more traffic in front of them and try to make his life as difficult as possible. Our gameplan doesn't really change against any goalie. If you talk to any coach, they're going to tell you pretty well the same thing. Boston defends so well. You just try to put pucks and traffic at him."

The Bruins will be without winger Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a hand injury Monday in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.


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