Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire leaves early in first after goalmouth collision

OTTAWA – Ottawa goalie Pascal Leclaire left the Senators’ game against Carolina on Thursday night after a goalmouth collision early in the first period.

Leclaire, the starter in each of Ottawa’s first three games, had to be helped off the ice 2:06 in after he sustained a lower-body injury, apparently the result of contact with Hurricanes forward Tom Kostopoulos while covering up after stopping a shot.

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Senators trainer Gerry Townend was summoned to attend to Leclaire, who was limited to 34 games last season because of injuries.

Leclaire made three saves before leaving the scoreless game. Brian Elliott took over for his first appearance of the season.