Sens goaltender Craig Anderson met with the media on Wednesday for the first time since he was stretchered off of the ice during Sunday's game with the Dallas Stars. He updates his condition and gave his thoughts on the play.
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On how he feels:
Surprisingly better than I expected.
On how he has come along so quickly:
I'm not sure, I'm sore, there's no doubt about that. Last time I got run over in a similar situation I couldn't move for a couple of weeks. I'm not really sure why this one is different but it just so happens to be.
On how he approached the injury:
You plan for the worst and hope for the best I guess. It's one of those things where it was just precautionary, they had some pain in areas the training staff and the doctor didn't like and they just wanted to be extra sure there on the ice that nothing serious happened by mishandling everything.
On if he lost consciousness:
Not at all. The helmet did a great job, it did what it was supposed to do. It was all neck and back from pushing my head back in the collision.
On the wave to the crowd:
It's just one of those things where everyone is worried and no one wants to get carried off on a stretcher. That's the last thing that I wanted but, like I said, that was more of a precautionary thing. The training staff and the doctors wanted to make sure just to make sure. The wave was just to let everyone know I can still move my fingers.
On his timetable:
Unsure, just until I'm comfortable. Skating today helped, it gave me an idea of where I'm at. Like I said, I'm pretty sore as expected and it's just a matter of things calming down, like any injury you've just got to let things calm down to make sure that you're 100 per cent and helping the team, not hurting them.
On the play:
I remember it pretty clearly and seeing the video it looks pretty nasty. Luckily I my head was up. I think that any time from the time you're a little kid and you first start skating you're told when you fall into the boards, keep your head up. I think that's one of those things where if your head is up your spine does what it's supposed to do and when your head is down bad things happen. I'm just fortunate that I was able to keep my head up when I got hit.
On if the league needs to protect goalies:
I guess it's one of those things where it was an unintentional play, a guy is going to the net with the puck and he loses his footing. You'd like to say that maybe there should have been a call, maybe there shouldn't have, I don't know. At the end of the day, we signed up to play this position, we understood the risks and it's one of those things where every single guy in our room is told to go to the net hard and make it tough for the goalie so that's the way you score goals. You get in the goalie's face and push him back in the net and force it and make it hard on him. We signed up for it and we're paid to do a job and that's kind of the devil's advocate on that one.
On if the net play has changed:
I think that's just kind of the way the game is. It has always been hard, goals are always scored when guys go to the net. Nothing has changed with that. The days of guys coming across the blueline and shooting low blocker on the ice and having it go in because the goalie is doing a skate save, those days are long over. I guess you have to go to the net hard and you have to make it hard on guys. It's one of those things where you expect to get hit. You've just got to battle through it.
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