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Senators' Anderson continuing to work his way back

Friday, 03.01.2013 / 3:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Senators' Anderson continuing to work his way back

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, who has missed the past three games with a sprained ankle, continued on his road to recovery Friday when he practiced with teammates in Ottawa.

Anderson was off to a superb start before getting hurt in the third period of a victory against the New York Rangers on Feb. 21 in Ottawa. In 15 starts, he was 8-4-2 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.

"Every day seems to be getting a lot better," Anderson told the team's website Friday. "I can skate, I can stop, I can push, I can do a lot of things that a forward can do. I haven't taken the step yet to see what a goalie can do. I think that's going to be the next step -- see how it is [Saturday] and see if I can get into the butterfly at all."

In Anderson's absence, Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner have split time in net. Senators coach Paul MacLean already has said Bishop would start Saturday's game at the Philadelphia Flyers.

Asked when he expects to return to the lineup, Anderson said "nothing has been set in stone."

"We just kind of take it day by day and right now. The progress is outstanding every day," he said. "Every day I can do more and more out there. That's kind of where we're at right now."

Since taking over as starter following Anderson's injury, Bishop has gone 3-0-0 with a 1.66 GAA and .918 save percentage.

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