Lehner's a road warrior

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:09 PM ET

Robin Lehner has covered a lot of kilometres in the last 48 hours.

After arriving home from Edmonton late Saturday, the Senators goalie was back on the road Sunday morning to make the trek to Glens Falls, NY.

Then after making 26 stops in a 4-3 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms, Lehner jumped back in a van with Senators prospect Ryan Keller to make the 4 1/2-hour trek back to Ottawa.

Lehner doesn’t mind the ride or the work.

“Whatever they think is what I do,” said Lehner, who could start Tuesday against the Isles if coach Cory Clouston keeps up his goalie rotation. “It’s good to get games. You just have to do what you’re told.”

Before leaving Adirondack Sunday, Lehner gave the hometown Phantoms a little bulletin board material.

“It was nice (to win) because the fans here are really dumb,” Lehner told the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin. “They scream at you, and one guy has a thing that really sounds a lot in your ears. It’s good for them. They’re helping their team out, of course, and it’s hard to play here.

“I got a lot more tired as the game went on; it’s hard to travel five hours before the game, come in and miss half of warmups and all that stuff, but you try to get over it.”

Lehner was the club’s only option Sunday. Goalies Barry Brust and Mike Brodeur were both out with the flu. Injured Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire was on< the ice Monday and is starting to show progress.

If Leclaire does get healthy, he’s going to have a do a two-week conditioning stint with Binghamton before returning to the NHL. Before that happens, he has to be able to return to practice in Ottawa.

“He’s been on the ice last few days and there has been some progression,” said Clouston, who wouldn’t say if Brian Elliott will be back Tuesday in the net after getting his first win since Dec. 26 Saturday.


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