Senators' Shane Pinto leaves game early, clutching shoulder

Ottawa Senators' Shane Pinto leaves game against Pittsburgh Penguins with what looked like a shoulder injury on a faceoff.

Ottawa Senators centre Shane Pinto left Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period after appearing to injure his right shoulder on a faceoff.

Pinto, who was reactivated off injured reserve before the game, had previously been sidelined with an upper-body injury.

With the Senators leading 3-0 midway through the second period, Pinto leaned down and took a faceoff when he grabbed his right shoulder with his left hand before skating off the ice and going directly to the dressing room.

Pinto was expected to return to a prominent role after being sidelined for nine games, playing centre on the Senators' second line and second power-play unit against the Penguins. The 21-year-old American has one assist through four games this season.

The Senators, 3-9-1 entering the game, have struggled with injuries and COVID-19 outbreaks this season.

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