Elliott gets start for Sens

Brian Elliott had an off night on Saturday, but will be back in the Senators' net tonight against...

Brian Elliott had an off night on Saturday, but will be back in the Senators' net tonight against the Flames. (QMI Agency file)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

Brian Elliott is going to get another chance.

He was pulled in the club's 5-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday at the Air Canada Centre. But Elliott, who suffered his first loss in 10 games, will be back in the Ottawa net Tuesday against the Calgary Flames ahead of No. 1 goalie Pascal Leclaire.

The decision doesn't come as any surprise because Elliott deserves the opportunity to go back in. Leclaire hasn't won a game since Dec. 31 against the New York Islanders -- including his time lost to injury. He has lost six straight starts and gave up a goal in relief of Elliott Saturday.

Clouston wasn't prepared to call Elliott the No. 1.

"You can call it whatever you want, you can put whatever number you want on it. He's starting tonight. I'm not going to label anything right now," said Clouston.

With four games remaining before the Olympic break, the Senators want to finish strong before most players take two weeks off. If Ottawa beats Calgary and the Sabres lose to the Bruins, then the Senators could be the top team in the Northeast Division at the end of the night.

"If we can have a good showing this week, we'll put ourselves in a great position," said captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We've got to do everything we can to be ready for every game. It starts with a tough opponent."


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