Anderson: "We're just going out there and playing hockey."
We're two hours out from start number 14 for Craig Anderson in 2013, and the results to this point have been stellar. He is arguably the best goaltender in the league this season.
While he will attribute much of his success this season to luck, his approach to the position doesn't actually have much to do with him at all. It's about how he helps out the team.
"Being there for the guys and making the save that they need, and giving them the confidence so they know that they can play loose and not feel like they can't make a mistake back there. We're just going out there and playing hockey."
The key, of course, is that when players do eventually make a mistake their teammates are there to lend a hand. That can be the sole difference between a win a loss.
"It's a game of mistakes. Sometimes it's a defenceman that makes a big play after a mistake, or a forward backchecking after a bad mistake or sometimes it's a goalie making a big save. That's just the nature of the game. The team with the least mistakes is going to win the game usually."
In many ways, Anderson's triumphs to this point have been his ability to erase mistakes. He has handled clean shots on goal effortlessly, he has been the team's best penalty killer and he has been a model of consistency. You know each night that the team has a chance to win with 41 in goal.
With the Sens looking for all the help they can get on the ice right now, they can take some solace knowing that the space in the blue paint is well taken care of.