Leclaire gets the start

Pascal Leclaire will make his fourth straight start for the Sens tonight. (QMI Agency file photo)

Pascal Leclaire will make his fourth straight start for the Sens tonight. (QMI Agency file photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 PM ET

The Senators are going back with Pascal Leclaire.

While he allowed a softie in the club's 3-2 OT loss to the Washington Capitals Monday night by Alex Ovechkin, Leclaire will return to the net against the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday at Scotiabank Place.

It will be his fourth straight start.

"It's always fun when you get a chance to play," said Leclaire. "I want to play as much as I can I'm no differet than anybody else.

"(The Ovechkin goal) is forgotten five or 10 minutes after. You know you're going to make mistakes. You have to look at the big picture and that's how you get over things."

If Leclaire plays well, there's a "good chance" he'll remain in the net against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday at the Bell Centre as the Senators open a two-game road trip.

"He's been our best player," said Senators coach Cory Clouston of Leclaire.

"Overall, the last three games, he's been our best player."

The last time Leclaire faced the Hurricanes was on Feb. 4 in Raleigh. He was coming back from a concussion, gave up two goals on five shots and was pulled from the net early in the game.

Winger Alex Kovalev wasn't on the ice but will play while captain Daniel Alfredsson is going to also return as the Senators try to get their first win after going 0-2-1 in their first three games.

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