Anderson: "Whatever it takes"by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators
As the Sens prepare for Game 7 in Pittsburgh tonight, Craig Anderson shares his thoughts on staying positive, keeping his routine the same and more...
Preparing for Game 7:
No different than the other night. Any time it's an elimination game, you want to just come out and give it your best effort. You do everything you possibly can to prepare yourself for the game and then just leave it all out there.
On his heavy workload on Tuesday night:
Whatever it takes. I think you've got to be prepared for anything and stay in the moment as best you can. When you're in the moment, you're just worrying about the next shift. I don't think you worry too much about how many shots.
On building off a strong showing in Game 6:
I think it's one of those games where we do a lot of good things. We got rewarded for some of the stuff that we're doing well. So going forward, we just want to make sure that we continue with what has been working for us and try to minimize our mistakes.
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Preparing for a elimination game on the road:
You try to keep the same routine, the same preparation level day in and day out as far as these playoffs go. Play good, play bad, it doesn't matter. Keep your routine the same. It just takes one of the elements out of the equation.
The difference for him between Game 5 and Game 6:
I think just get a little puck luck too. I think you need to be a little bit lucky to be good at times. Tuesday wasn't any different. Whether it's a bouncing puck that goes our way or it's a good play defensively to break up a play or just being in the right spot at the right time or the guy just missing his shot. So you try to do everything the same and sometimes you need a little puck luck on your side.
The importance of staying positive:
It's huge. The mind is a powerful thing. I think history and the scientific data behind using your brain, using visualization as a tool to get yourself better. If you believe you're beaten, you're done already. If you believe that you can win, there's always a chance.