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Anderson: "We're just going out there and playing hockey."

Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 5:12 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 4 1 2 -1 3
M. Stone 4 0 3 0 3
E. Karlsson 4 0 3 0 3
C. MacArthur 4 2 0 -1 2
M. Zibanejad 4 1 1 1 2
C. Ceci 4 0 2 -2 2
M. Hoffman 4 1 0 -2 1
M. Michalek 4 1 0 -1 1
K. Turris 4 1 0 -2 1
J. Pageau 4 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 1 1 1 .974 0.93
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44