The Ottawa Senators continue to find ways to win hockey games.
A red hot Craig Anderson stood on his head throughout regulation, turned aside all three Habs in the shootout and set the stage for another clutch goal by Daniel Alfredsson, giving the Sens a 3-2 shootout victory.
The Sens certainly didn't have their A-game last night but still managed to come away with a huge two points. Ottawa has picked up at least a point in nine straight games and now sit tied with the fourth place Philadelphia Flyers.
With last night's goal, Jason Spezza now has 47 points through 46 games, good enough for 6th in league scoring. Not far behind him is the red hot Erik Karlsson who has racked up 44 points and is a +6.
Certainly playing his way into the Norris trophy conversation over this recent stretch.
Can't say enough good things about the play of Craig Anderson the last little while. He would be the first admit he wasn't playing his best hockey earlier in the year but he has really taken it to another level in 2012. He was amazing on Thursday in New York and was at his best again last night.
If not for Anderson, the Sens could have been in a big hole after forty minutes.
Should be interesting to see how MacLean handles his goalies this week. At some point Anderson is going to need a little bit of rest and with a back to back early this week, I think we could see Alex Auld get a start.
Games in hand are obviously an issue but Paul MacLean's group is now just a single point behind the division leading Bruins.
The Sens have a full day off today but are back in action tomorrow night when they host the Winnipeg Jets. They then hit the road for six straight to close out the month of January.