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In an unfortunate occurrence for the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators, goaltender Pascal Leclaire was injured following an incident in which he was struck in the cheek by a puck, in a contest between the Senators and the Washington Capitals on Monday night.
The problem on the shot was Leclaire's positioning—he was on the bench, serving as a backup when the incident happened.
Though the injury could mainly be attributed to bad luck (the puck was deflected onto the Sens' bench off a player's stick during play, and headed straight for Leclaire, who was preoccupied talking to the team's trainer), and despite the potential for humor in the situation, the Sens' were not laughing.
"That figures," stated Ottawa forward Mike Fisher, after learning of Leclaire's broken cheekbone. "Not only does he finally manage to stop a puck, but to add insult to injury, he wasn't even paying attention when it happened. How many pucks has he watched go by him this season while he was actually playing?"
Coach Cory Clouston was also disappointed at the irony of the situation, stating, "The kid finally does something to show me he deserves to be our No. 1 goalie, and now he's out for the next month at the least.
"Hopefully he can recover soon and give us another underwhelming month or so of hockey before inevitably getting hurt again."
Even Pascal himself voiced his frustration at the unfortunate scenario. "It's not the injury that I'm upset with," said the oft-injured goalie during a media conference. "The problem is, Ottawa's paying me to get injured frequently during games, not while I'm on the sidelines.
"I feel like I've let the team down on so many levels."
Leclaire went on to rank the most recent injury as the third most embarrassing of his seven year career with the Blue Jackets and Senators.
It ranks right behind the time he broke his hand giving Columbus teammate Jason Chimera a high five in celebration of a recent win, and the time he fractured his ankle in three places after coming down awkwardly on it while walking his dog early last year.