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Anderson shines in Sens' debut

Sunday, 02.20.2011 / 12:50 AM / Roundup

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Anderson shines in Sens' debut
Craig Anderson made quite the first impression with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Craig Anderson made quite the first impression with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

The club's new goaltender stopped 47 shots in regulation and overtime and didn't allow a goal in the shootout in a 1-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

Anderson was acquired from Colorado on Friday for fellow netminder Brian Elliott. His night included a tremendous pad stop on Phil Kessel in overtime to send the game to a shootout.

Jason Spezza beat rookie Leafs goalie James Reimer with a hard shot off the crossbar in the shootout to give the Senators their first win past regulation all season.

"The emotions are huge, they're running (high)," Anderson said after registering his first shutout in nearly a year. "I leave a team where I battled for two years ... it's tough to do that. But there's 20 new guys in here that are great guys, that I'm ready to learn with and get to know and grow with.

"What it's about here is growing together as a team and finding a way to make 20 new friends here like I did in Colorado."

With Carolina and Atlanta both losing Saturday, Toronto failed to much ground on two rivals and now sits seven points back of the eighth-place Hurricanes. The Leafs' record fell to 25-27-7.

Ottawa won for just the second time in 15 games and improved to 19-31-9.

Both teams have been busy in recent days, trading some of the more established players off their roster for draft picks and prospects.

Anderson was the best player on the ice for the Senators, stopping all 30 shots he faced through 40 minutes and another 17 before the shootout. His best save in regulation came on Luke Schenn with less than 10 minutes to play in the third period when he got his glove on a shot while down on the ice.

"He was in the zone all night," Spezza said of Anderson. "He just looked solid and we're happy to have him."

The Leafs went 0-for-6 with a man advantage one night after trading power-play quarterback Tomas Kaberle to Boston. Special teams had been a sore point even with the veteran defenseman in the lineup, but Toronto really struggled to create chances while playing 5-on-4.

"It just flat out (stinks)," Reimer said. "It's not the way I wanted it to end."

The Senators did manage to get a puck behind Reimer roughly two minutes into the game, but a lengthy video review determined it didn't cross the goal-line until after the play was blown dead.

Panthers 3, Lightning 2 (SO) | HIGHLIGHTS

Mike Santorelli scored the tying goal with 3 minutes left in the third period and added the lone shootout goal to lead Florida past Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum.

David Booth also scored for Florida, and backup Scott Clemmensen stopped 34 shots in regulation and all three he faced during the shootout. The Panthers have played 35 one-goal games (15-13-7) this season, including 17 of their last 19 contests.

"One thing that this team does is give the fans their money's worth in effort," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "It's not always pretty, and we don't always win, but they don't cheat you in effort."

Marc-Andre Bergeron and Sean Bergenheim scored for the Lightning, who have lost three in a row and are 5-4-1 during a 12-game homestand.

Bergenheim had given Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead from the low slot just 14 seconds into the third, but Santorelli tied it on a power-play rebound goal with 3 minutes left.

"It's a tough one to take," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. "We outshot them, out-chance them. They scored on the same shots we made, but ours didn't go in"

Bergeron scored from the top of the right circle to put the Lightning up 1-0 at 4:45 of the first. Martin St. Louis assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to six games (seven assists).

Dan Ellis stopped a first-period shot during a breakaway by Booth, who later tied it at 1 with a five-on-three power-play goal 24 seconds into the second.

Clemmensen made a point-blank save on St. Louis, who has not scored a goal in his last nine games, midway through the second.

"The game was about us playing as a team," Clemmensen said. "We were able to get that big goal at the end of the third period and force overtime."

Tampa Bay got a scare 8 minutes into the game when Steven Stamkos, the NHL's goal-scoring leader with 40, was shaken up after being sent into the end boards by Florida defenseman Mike Weaver, who received a two-minute boarding penalty. The Lightning center skated off the ice after a couple minutes and returned later in the period.
 
"We're really lucky on this one," Boucher said. "Anytime there's knees going into the boards at full speed, there's a lot of worry there. So, we are quite happy at this point."

Blues 9, Ducks 3 | HIGHLIGHTS

Chris Stewart enjoyed a two-goal debut, and St. Louis, energized by a pair of high-profile trades, just missed a franchise record with two goals in a 7-second span of the first period in a rout of  Anaheim at the Scottrade Center.

T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, playing a hand in both goals of the quick flurry that erased a two-goal deficit. It sparked a season best for scoring by three goals for a franchise that entered 13th in the Western Conference and eight points out of the final playoff spot.

The franchise record is two goals in 6 seconds, also against the Ducks on Oct. 11, 2010 at home.

Stewart was the fifth player in franchise history to score twice in his debut, getting his 14th and 15th after totaling two goals in his last 14 games with Colorado. Kevin Shattinkirk, also acquired from the Avalanche in a deal for 2006 No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson and forward Jay McClement, set up Stewart's second goal late in the second period.

"It was a perfect start," Stewart said. "By the time I landed, I had three or four text messages from the boys and it was very comforting. It was an easy adjustment."

The Ducks have been vulnerable with Jonas Hiller sidelined the last three games by a recurrence of dizziness and fatigue, surrendering 21 goals. Backup Curtis McElhinney was yanked after giving up four goals on 11 shots in the first period in favor of rookie Timo Pielmeier.

Ty Conklin had a shutout Friday at Buffalo after the Blues traded defenseman and captain Eric Brewer to Tampa Bay. He was lifted at 16:42 of the first period after surrendering three goals on five shots with Ben Bishop finishing.

Teemu Selanne scored his 19th for Anaheim before getting a game misconduct penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second period. Jarkko Ruutu and Ryan Getzlaf also scored. The Ducks play their next seven games at home.

"It doesn't matter who's in net," Getzlaf said. "It's not that they're bad goals. They're getting bounces against us because we're not working for them."

The Blues set a season best with four goals in the first period, then matched it in the second in their highest scoring game since an 11-1 victory at Ottawa on Feb. 26, 1994. Andy McDonald had two goals, scoring on the front end of the 7-second salvo off Oshie's setup.

Alex Steen had a shorthanded goal and two assists, and Alex Pietrangelo had three assists.

"We lost three teammates, great guys, and it was a bit of a shock," said Blues forward Andy McDonald, who had two goals and an assist. "It wasn't like we had a few days to adjust, it was on a game day, and I think the guys handled it pretty well."

Islanders 3, Kings 0
| HIGHLIGHTS

Matt Moulson scored twice and Al Montoya stopped all 35 shots he faced in his first start with New York as the Isles blanked Los Angeles at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

For NHL.com's full recap, click here.

Canucks 5, Stars 2
| HIGHLIGHTS

Daniel Sedin scored twice and added an assist to take over the NHL scoring lead and lift  Vancouver past Dallas at Rogers Arena.

Sedin opened the scoring on a sharp-angle shot, and added his 32nd goal of the season 7:39 into the third period to give the Canucks a 3-1 lead.

Dallas captain Brenden Morrow cut into the lead with 6:27 left, but Daniel set up twin brother, Henrik, on a three-on-one just over 2 minutes later.

That gave Daniel Sedin 77 points, two more that Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead, while Henrik also had two assists to move into third place in the scoring race with 72 points.

"It would be neat, but it's nothing you think about," Henrik said of finishing 1-2 in scoring. "It's 20 games (remaining) and a lot of things can happen."

Raffi Torres ended a long goal slump early in the second period, and scored again with 3:34 left as the Canucks opened a season-high six-game homestand with a win despite missing five regulars and dressing three rookies on defense.

"Just squeezing the stick a little too tight, but since the (All-Star) break, it's been focus on trying to get pucks on net, straight lines and don't make that extra play," Torres said. "It's tough when you see the twins and what they do and they make it look so easy. Sometimes you think you got that in your bag, but I've got to have a little reality check and just get back to basics."

Roberto Luongo finished with 22 saves as Vancouver moved seven points ahead of Detroit atop the Western Conference, four up on Philadelphia atop the NHL.

James Neal also scored and Raycroft made 33 saves for the Stars, who have only one win in nine games to fall into a four-way tie for the final three spots in the Western Conference. Playing without top center Brad Richards (concussion) a third game and missing forward Jamie Benn for 10, Dallas has fallen five points out of the Pacific Division lead they held most of the season.

"Guys are feeling the pressure of being in a race and not being at your best," said Stars coach Marc Crawford. "When you go through tough times, you can't just have four or five guys play hard and well."

Raycroft, who spent last season as Luongo's backup in Vancouver, got the start after Stars starter Kari Lehtonen played all three earlier losses to the Canucks -- by a combined 15-3 score -- this season. The goaltending switch didn't appear to help early as Sedin opened the scoring just 2:46 into the game on a shot from just about the goal line that somehow went in through Raycroft's skates.

Vancouver controlled the opening few minutes, but Morrow dropped the gloves in a spirited fight with Torres a minute later, and the Stars tied it at 4:36 with a long wrist shot by Neil that eluded Luongo through traffic.

The fight seemed to spark the Stars, but it may have helped Torres, too. After Dallas failed to convert a 52-second 5-on-3 advantage midway through the first period, Torres ended a 23-game goal drought by blasting a slap shot over Raycroft's left shoulder from the top of the faceoff circle 6:29 into the second.

After Luongo made a couple of great saves to keep his team ahead, Daniel Sedin beat Raycroft over the same spot after corralling Henrik's long lead pass.

"Best players in the League," Raycroft said of the Sedins.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

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