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Andy's dandy Game 3 one of NHL.com's best

Thursday, 01.08.2013 / 2:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Andy\'s dandy Game 3 one of NHL.com\'s best

Last week J-G Pageau’s Game 3 performance against the Montreal Canadiens was singled out as one of the top “individual efforts” of the year and, as it turns out, a Craig Anderson Game 3 performance in the Sens next series was highlighted among the best goaltending efforts of the year.

Here’s what NHL.com had to say about Andy’s dandy performance...

After losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Ottawa Senators were desperate for a big performance. At home for Game 3, they got it from goaltender Craig Anderson.

Anderson stopped all 12 Penguins shots in a scoreless first period and kept the shutout intact until 1:07 was left in the second when Tyler Kennedy's shot got past him.

But that was the only slip Anderson had. He held the fort until Daniel Alfredsson scored shorthanded with 28.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game. Anderson stopped all nine Penguins shots in the third period as the game went to overtime. Anderson was even better in the first extra session, when the Penguins threw 13 shots at him, but he denied them all.

In the second overtime, Senators defenseman Chris Phillips was sent off for holding, but Anderson turned aside both Pittsburgh shots, two of the five the Penguins had in the second extra period.

Ottawa finally won it on Colin Greening's goal at 7:39 of the second overtime, but it was Anderson who had the most memorable night. He stopped 49 of 50 shots, and all 12 the Penguins had on six power plays, including a 58-second 5-on-3 advantage early in the second period.

It turned out to be the only shining moment for the Senators, who lost the series in five games.

There were plenty of spectacular saves made over the course of those five periods, but the best of the bunch may have been this stop on Sidney Crosby who busted in on a partial breakaway.

Take a look...


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
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A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49