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Penguins' LeClair returns to lineup against Montreal

PITTSBURGH -- John LeClair returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup Thursday night after missing three games with
several broken bones in his right cheek.

LeClair was struck by a puck just below his right eye during the
team's pregame skate Saturday in Boston. The Penguins listed him as
being out indefinitely as late as Wednesday, when they finished a
five-game road trip by losing 5-0 in Atlanta.

LeClair played Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens
with a full plastic face shield, and not the protective visor many
players now wear. Previously, the team said that it would not know
how long LeClair would be out until the swelling went down in his
face.

LeClair received medical clearance to play, and was told it was
a matter of how well he could tolerate the pain associated with the
injury.

The 36-year-old LeClair, a former All-Star with the
Philadelphia Flyers, had four goals in the four games before getting hurt. In
his first 13 games this season, LeClair had five goals and five
assists.