TOP THAT, AND ANDY DOES
Craig Anderson was having a good season until the past couple of games. He’s now turned it up a notch.
The Senators’ No. 1 puck-stopper followed his first shutout in nearly a calendar year with an even better performance against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon. Anderson kicked out 36 shots in the 6-2 victory, including a sharp-angle effort in the third period that was probably Erik Karlsson’s best chance of the day.
Anderson playfully taunted his former teammate as he turned to skate back up-ice.
“I said: ‘Good try, Karl, I know that one,” Anderson said later. “I’ve seen it before.”
Anderson stopped all eight shots he faced in the first, then allowed one goal in each of the second and third periods, while facing 16 and 14 shots, respectively.
It wasn’t just the saves but the manner in which they were made. At times, the 37-year old Anderson resembled Dominik Hasek the way he threw himself around on the ice.
“I was swimming,” Anderson said with a laugh. “It was fun being out there.” And the fans showed their appreciation in the third. “The ‘Andy’ chant was great,” he said. “When you get those, you know you’re doing something good.”
Asked if it was the first time he’d heard those chants this season, Anderson replied: “I don’t know. That was the first time I remember, because I don’t remember what I did yesterday.”
Impressive was Anderson’s energy level, especially given the fact he has appeared in 24 of the Sens’ 27 games to date. After a second-period glove save he jumped to his feet, generally an indication a goalie is feeling good about himself.
Facing Karlsson, who he stopped on 9-of-9 tries, was also special. “It was exciting to be out there with him,” said Anderson. “The fans were engaged. They were cheering for him. It was definitely emotional for even us. We played with him for so many years, it’s tough to see him in another sweater. “We just took it as another game, but that emotional level, that energy level the fans brought because he was here was great. We’ll thank him for it.”