Leclaire practises, will dress as backup


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G Pascal Leclaire practised with the Senators on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured on Dec. 17.

While his lower-body ailment limited Leclaire to 25 minutes of practice, he should be able to dress as the backup against the Blackhawks in Chicago Friday night.

ďIt was a good first step. Iíve been skating on my own the last couple of days and feeling better every day,Ē said Leclaire. ďThis was the first time I went down and took some shots. I will see how it feels (Thursday), but Iím probably still a few days away. The last four or five days Iíve been making some progress. Iíve just got to make sure I donít blow my tires and do too much.Ē