Senators get a scare

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:45 PM ET

OTTAWA - Pascal Leclaire is not injured again.

It just looked that way for a few moments during Senators practice Tuesday morning.

Leclaire was felled by a Jason Spezza shot that hit an unprotected area of his right knee. The injury-prone goalie remained on the ice for a minute or two, but did get up and finished the practice, although much of his remaining time on the ice was spent stretching.

"Just a little bruise, a little stinger. I'll be all right," said Leclaire. "That happens a lot of times. It sucks for a couple of hours but it'll be all right."

Leclaire is expected to start in goal Wednesday night when the Senators host the Dallas Stars, who are coming off a 4-1 loss in Toronto.

Leclaire made 28 saves to pick up his first win Monday, a 3-2 decision over the Los Angeles Kings.

Coach Cory Clouston would not say whether he'd re-insert Erik Karlsson, who was a healthy scratch against Los Angeles. Clouston did indicate he was pleased with the defensive pairings Monday, however.

According to Clouston, Chris Neil is likely to play against Dallas. Neil suffered an upper body injury in a second-period fight with Kevin Westgarth and did not return.


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