Senators' Leclaire leaves two minutes into Thursday's game Staff

10/14/2010 9:30:45 PM

Things may have gone from bad to worse in Ottawa after goaltender Pascal Leclaire was forced to leave Thursday night's game with what the team is calling a lower-body injury.  He will not return.

Early in the opening period Leclaire was involved in what appeared to be a minor collision with Carolina Hurricanes forward Brian Skinner.  Moments later he was also involved in a second collision with Tom Kostopoulos.  At that point Leclaire went down on the ice and remained there until he was attended to by a team trainer.  He then headed immediately to the Senators dressing room and was replaced by Brian Elliott.

Should Leclaire miss any time it could be potentially devastating to the Sens as head coach Cory Clouston has said the 27-year old netminder has been the Senators best player thus far this season.

The Repentigny, Quebec native started the Senators first three games of the season, posting an 0-2-1 record with a .900 save percentage and a 3.28 goals against average.