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Anderson robs Rodrigues with eye-popping blocker save

Senators goalie made best of 43 stops on Sabres forward in third period of win

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Anderson's insane blocker save

BUF@OTT: Anderson reaches out for great blocker stop

Craig Anderson lays out and extends his arm for a terrific blocker save to deny Evan Rodrigues in the 3rd period

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Craig Anderson wasn't exactly in the giving mood in his last game before the holiday break.

The Ottawa Senators goalie denied Buffalo Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues with an eye-popping blocker save during the third period of their game Monday.

With Ottawa leading 2-1 midway through the third, Anderson first lunged with his stick to keep a loose puck from going in off the end boards. But he fell on his back as Rodrigues clrcled the net and backhanded the puck from behind the goal. 

"I almost put it in my own net, that's what I was more worried about," Anderson said after the game. "I saw it come off the boards, put my stick on it, and it ramped up, hit me in the arm and it was just sitting there."

But Anderson lunged and somehow blocked Rodrigues' try before defenseman Andreas Englund cleared the puck away, harkening memories of a Hall of Fame goalie and former Sabres great.

"I'm not sure where it went, but just tried to do my best Dominik Hasek impression," Anderson said, "and do whatever it takes to stop the puck."

It was the best save of Anderson's 43 stops, which helped Ottawa to a 3-1 win as it enters the three-day break for Christmas.

NHL Independent Correspondent Callum Fraser contributed to this report.

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