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Anderson good to go

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

It has been a long wait for Sens fans but it finally sounds as though Craig Anderson will be making his return to the crease this weekend.

While Paul MacLean has yet to name a starter for Friday night's game in Buffalo, all signs point to Andy being available to back up Robin Lehner at the very least, something he hasn't been able to do since injuring his ankle in February.

Based on how he sounded after practice today, we could be seeing 41 in goal sooner rather than later.

"I feel great. Got out there, had a really good day today. Every day is feeling better. We're at that point now where we just have to make sure I'm feeling comfortable," said Anderson. "We'll leave that to the coach's decision, but if they need me to play there really is no limitation now as to why I couldn't"

Obviously the departure of Ben Bishop necessitates the return of Anderson in a way. If Anderson wasn't physically capable of playing, Nathan Lawson would have been the likely recall from Binghamton as the additional goalie with NHL eligibility this season. However, Lawson hasn't been called up to the big club as of Thursday afternoon, increasing the likelihood of an Anderson appearance.

Thursday was the first practice of the season with just the Anderson-Lehner tandem, ensuring both goaltenders get plenty of work in goal with no rotations. While the crease was crowded at times prior to the trade, Anderson maintains it was always a positive relationship between the three.

"When there's two nets and three guys it's definitely a crowd, but we made it work and found a way to keep everybody happy," said Anderson. "We all worked well together and we're all pretty good buddies off the ice so it made things a lot easier."

Having been out of the lineup since February 21, Andy is getting antsy to suit up and continue what has been a career year for him. The Sens and their fans can only hope he will be the rock he was earlier this year to lead them into and throughout the post-season.

"It's been a long time here, I've had to watch a lot of hockey. It's about time for me to get that feeling back where I can help the team and feel like I'm accomplishing something."

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