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Anderson: "We have to stay in the moment"

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Craig Anderson talks about the importance of "staying in the moment", resetting after Saturday's win and more before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On resetting after Game 1:

It's a new day. When you leave the rink, whether you win or lose, you try to put everything behind you and start fresh the next day. I think that's kind of the key right now. It's just staying in the moment as best you can.


On gaining confidence after Saturday's win: 

We know as a group we have good hockey players. We're a good team. You have to respect your opponent. We know they're a good team. They've got a lot of star power and they've got some great players. Watching them play against Washington, they played great as a team. So it's just a matter, for us, staying in the moment and win or lose getting ready for the next one.


What he expects from Game 2:

I'm sure they'll try to make adjustments, and that's the great thing about this game: there's always adjustments. You read and react on the fly, and it's a game of mistakes. The team that makes the least amount of mistakes is usually the team that wins.


On the success Bobby Ryan has been having in the post-season:

Bobby's been one of our best players this Playoff run. When we traded for him a few years ago, we were expecting the Bobby Ryan we've got right now. That's exciting to see as a player, as a team, as a teammate and as a friend. To see him have some success now and see him get a little bit of his swagger back, it's a good thing.


On being able to limit the Penguins' offence in Game 1:

We like to play a tight checking game, take away time and space. When you're playing against players of that caliber, when you give them time and space, they'll make great plays, and they'll make you look silly. Our guys did a great job of defending well and taking away time and space. I thought our physicality was really good with those guys making them earn their ice that they wanted to get to and made it hard for them to get to the net.

Video: OTT@PIT, Gm1: Anderson makes 27 saves in OT win


On being able to enjoy wins and then move on from them:

I try to forget about the previous night as quickly as possible. Obviously, we did enough right to win the hockey game. There's going to be nights where things don't go the way you want it to and there's going to be nights that go really well. It's one of those things where enjoy the moment when you're in it but when the day's over you move forward.
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