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Player Spotlight: Craig Anderson

Friday, 08.17.2012 / 1:06 PM ET / Features
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Player Spotlight: Craig Anderson

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

CRAIG ANDERSON

2011-12 stats: 63 GP, 33-22-6 W-L-OTL, 2.84 GAA, .914 SV%, 3 SO

Last season: Anderson established himself as a bona fide NHL starter — and the Senators' clear No. 1 stopper — with a solid season that carried over into the opening round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers, when he proved to be more than a match for Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist. Until suffering a hand injury in late February, the native of Park Ridge, Ill., was on pace to record his highest career season total in games played and, at that point, was the busiest goaltender in the NHL in terms of shots faced and saves made. He notched his 100th career victory on Oct. 20 (vs. Winnipeg, 4-1) and, with 44 wins as a Senator, ranks seventh all-time among franchise goaltenders.

The highlight: On one of the NHL's most glittery stages, Anderson turned aside 41 shots in blanking the Rangers 2-0 at Madison Square Garden in New York — billed as "the world's most famous arena" — in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final. Senators head coach Paul MacLean called it Anderson's best performance of the season.

Looking forward: No question Anderson's play will be a huge key in the Senators' bid to return to the Stanley Cup playoffs for a second straight season. His strength in the area of on-ice communication should prove valuable as Ottawa works in some new faces on its blue line, which underwent a facelift over the summer months. Anderson enters 2012-13 six games shy of 300 for his NHL career, a milestone he should reach in fairly short order.

Quote: "There's something to be said about going into the other team's building and upsetting the home fans. You thrive on pressure, you thrive on someone telling you that you can't win. When the other team's fans tell you that you can't win, it's one of those 'I'm going to show you and beat you in your own building.' That's a hockey player's mentality, that's how it works. We're all pretty competitive guys."

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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 2 1 2 -1 3
M. Zibanejad 2 1 1 1 2
M. Stone 2 0 2 -1 2
E. Karlsson 2 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 2 1 0 0 1
C. MacArthur 2 1 0 -2 1
K. Turris 2 1 0 -2 1
C. Ceci 2 0 1 -3 1
J. Pageau 2 0 0 -1 0
M. Hoffman 2 0 0 -2 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44