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Oilers fans, Cam Talbot show Craig Anderson some love

Senators goalie, back after leave to be with wife battling cancer, applauded in Edmonton @NHLdotcom

Anderson's emotional night in net

OTT@EDM: Anderson shuts out Oilers in return

Craig Anderson stops all 37 shots he faces in a 2-0 win during an emotional return to the Senators after his wife's diagnosis with cancer

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Some things are just bigger than competition.

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson walked into Rogers Place, shut out the Edmonton Oilers with 37 saves, and got a rousing ovation when he was announced as the game's First Star.

Anderson was making his first start since returning from a leave of absence to be with his wife, Nicholle, who recently was diagnosed with cancer.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: #OilCountry is with you, Craig & Nicholle. #HockeyFightsCancer

While the Oilers fans showed Anderson love and support, so did his counterpart. After being named the Second Star, Oilers goalie Cam Talbot remained near the ice to clap for Anderson after his emotional return.

Other players around the League, including Anderson's backup, Andrew Hammond, and team owner Eugene Melynyk, also showed their appreciation for the Senators goalie. 

Tweet from @andrewhammond30: I'll be honest I've never been more happy or proud of a goalie partner in my life. Tonight was special in a lot of ways. #trooper

Tweet from @MelnykEugene: .@CraigAnderson41 Tonight was about more than hockey. It was about finding strength from teammates & your Sens family. #StayStrongNicholle






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