Some goalies seem the thrive when they have to carry the team in front of them.
Craig Anderson is definitely one of those goalies that plays better the more rubber he sees and in Boston he saw plenty in a surprising 2-1 Sens victory to close out the preseason schedule.
The Sens struggled to create much of anything on offence through the opening 40 minutes but Anderson kept them in it. With the shots at 30-10, Ottawa went into the third period down by just a single goal.
After a massive save by Anderson at one end, the Sens sped back the other way and it was the Captain that beat Thomas to pull even. Ottawa actually appeared to take the lead later in the frame but the Zibanejad goal was wiped out for goaltender interference but the Sens didn't seem phased.
A late double minor put the Sens on the power play and it was rookie defenceman David Rundblad that gave the Senators an extremely unlikely one goal lead.
The Bruins were the better team for large stretches of this game but we saw exactly what good goaltending can do for a team. Ottawa did not have their skating legs in the first 40 but Anderson made save after save and kept his team in the hockey game. The shots finished at an extremely lopsided 40-20.
- If there was any doubt remaining, Jared Cowen has earned a spot on this hockey club. He was dominant in his own end and laid a huge hit that knocked Bruins defenceman Steve Kampfer.
- Paul MacLean indicated that he would like to have his final roster in place by Saturday. Mika Zibanejad will absolutely be on that roster. He was strong again tonight.