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Anderson named NHL First Star for January

Sens netminder the NHL's top performer to start 2013
Friday, 02.1.2013 / 1:34 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Anderson named NHL First Star for January



The National Hockey League has named Sens 'tender Craig Anderson its First Star for the month of January.

Anderson was stellar from the get-go in January, leading the Senators to an Eastern Conference best 5-1-1 record. In that period, Anderson posted a record of 5-0-1 — he has yet to lose in regulation — and leads the NHL in goals-against average as well as save percentage among goaltenders who have played at least three games.

'Andy' has been a rock in January since he began his NHL career. In 56 career games in the month — 54 of which are starts — he owns a 26-24-4 record with a 2.34 GAA and a .926 SV%. He has also recorded five January shutouts.

He'll have the opportunity to keep the ball rolling into February as Head Coach Paul MacLean is giving Anderson the start tonight in Carolina.

How has he historically fared against the 'Canes? Well...

That stat comes with a 4-1-3 career record and a 2.80 GAA against Carolina.

Numbers aside, these two saves alone could garner a first star nod any month of the year.

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44