Senators’ Forsberg taken off on stretcher, Sanderson also leaves game

Watch as Ottawa Senators goalie Anton Forsberg suffers an injury during a pile-up around the net against the Edmonton Oilers, having to be stretchered off and replaced in the game by Mads Sogaard.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Anton Forsberg left the ice on a stretcher with an apparent leg injury during Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

The injury occurred late in the third period when Oilers forward Zach Hyman fell on Forsberg’s leg in front of the net seconds before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored to give Edmonton a 6-3 lead.

Forsberg stayed lying on the ice, appearing to be in serious pain, clutching his right knee while awaiting a stretcher. Rookie goalie Mads Sogaard came in to replace Forsberg for the final minutes of Ottawa’s loss.

The 30-year-old Forsberg has a .902 save percentage in 28 games this season. Last season, he backstopped the Senators with a .917 save percentage, earning him a three-year, $8.25-million extension.

The Senators also lost defenceman Jake Sanderson to injury after receiving a hit from Oilers defenceman Vincent Desharnais earlier in the third period. Sanderson, who scored in the game, is having a strong rookie season with four goals and 18 assists in 52 games.

Head coach D.J. Smith did not have an update on either player’s status post-game.

With Forsberg out, the Senators are now without the tandem they assembled in the off-season, as fellow netminder Cam Talbot is out with a lower-body injury.

Talbot, 35, has played in 27 games this season, recording a 11-13-1 record in 24 starts along with a 2.95 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. The Senators acquired the netminder from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Filip Gustavsson during the offseason.

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