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Auld gets surprise start for Senators

Sunday, 11.20.2011 / 9:32 PM

By Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Auld gets surprise start for Senators
VANCOUVER -- Ottawa backup Alex Auld was a surprise starter in Vancouver Sunday night after Senators No. 1 Craig Anderson's neck stiffened up following the morning skate.

Anderson, who was scheduled to make his seventh-straight start against the Canucks, is listed as day-to-day, a team spokesman said, and felt well enough to sit on the on the bench as Auld's back up. Ottawa doesn't play again until Friday, when they wrap up a six-game road trip in Pittsburgh.

Anderson is 9-6-1, including three-striaght wins, a 3.25 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in his first full season in Ottawa. Auld, who played his first four NHL seasons in Vancouver, is winless in three starts with a 4.23 goals against average and .823 save percentage this season.
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