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CALGARY The Senators don need Craig Anderson to be a superstar, they just need him to be consistent.
The Senators No. 1 goalie was riding high after a 31 save performance Saturday in a 5 2 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto, but Anderson isn going to get a chance to rest on his laurels.
While the Senators returned to Ottawa after beating the Leafs, all they had time to do was pack their bags and jump aboard a afternoon flight to Calgary as they prepare to face the Flames on Tuesday.
Coach Paul MacLean didn hesitate going back to Anderson after yanking him only 2:25 into a 5 1 loss to the Sabres on Friday in Buffalo to start this trip. Now, Anderson would like to put together a few strong performances.
the routine saves, give the guys an opportunity every night to be in the game and win. Don shoot myself in the foot, said Anderson. goaltender you talk to just wants to give the team a chance to win by stopping the puck.
pretty simple when you break it down that way. has been easy for Anderson this season. Signed to a four year, $12.75 million last spring, he struggled to reach the level that saw him go 11 5 1 record with a 2.05 GAA and a .939 save percentage with Ottawa after he was acquired in a trade with the Avalanche.
The 30 year old Anderson, who is 7 Burberry Bags 2014 6 with a 3.52 GAA in 16 appearances this season, has been pulled three times. His win/loss record is better than .500, but his save percentage is .887, which has him ranked No. 42 in the league.
The fact MacLean went back to Anderson in Toronto after the disaster in Buffalo Friday when he allowed two goals on six shots didn go unnoticed.
The explanation by MacLean at the morning skate was simple: our No. 1 goalie. a good start. Something to build off of. I just got to move forward and dwell on the positives, said Anderson. called upon, you have to do the job. You play well, you going to be rewarded.
you don play well, you don play. It was kind of fight or flight (vs. Toronto). You either get in Burberry Bags 2014 there and do the job or they find someone else who will. said he had a talk with MacLean about Friday.
a huge confidence lift when the coach comes to you and says you weren very good the night before, we need more out of you, and you respond, Anderson said. a huge emotional lift knowing that he got confidence in me and that makes my confidence go higher an Burberry Bags 2014 d higher. Anderson can be blamed for everything that has gone wrong on the nights the Senators have lost. Ottawa hasn done a very good job defensively and it no accident that MacLean switched his blue line pairings in Toronto.
Not only was Brian Lee in for rookie David Rundblad to play with Jared Cowen, veterans Chris Phillips and Sergei Gonchar were reunited, while Filip Kuba played with Erik Karlsson. Kuba and Karlsson were both minus 3 in Buffalo.
made some big saves for us (in Toronto). He really had a big, bounce back game. For him to have a game like that shows his character, said centre Jason Spezza.
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important for us to give him some run support, help him out so that he doesn have to shut teams out or stand on his head every night. If we can score some goals, it will give him confidence. Once he gets rolling, we know he one of the best in the game.