We’re on to Memorable Monday number three here at Inside the Senate and today we will be taking a look at two of the best saves of the season, which happened to come in the same game and happened to come against the same player.
Moments like these are why we watch.
Craig Anderson was a behemoth in goal for the Sens this season, there’s no denying it. Shot after shot brought save after save and there was rarely a divergence from that pattern over the course of his 24 games this season. Not only did Andy stop a lot of rubber this season, he was also prone to pulling off the spectacular.
On January 30 against the Montreal Canadiens Anderson was immense, stopping 31 of 32 shots on goal to lay the foundation for a 4-1 Sens victory. He stole the show across highlight reels that night with a pair of beautiful saves off shots from Brandon Prust.
For his opening act, Anderson was forced to make a spectacular cross crease save on Prust. With a shot from an awkward angle trickling out into the slot on the rebound, Prust found himself with a lot of space and even more net to shoot at. Anderson, however, was quick on the draw and a lunge with his right leg was enough to leave Prust shaking his head.
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Unfortunately for Prust, Anderson wasn’t done there. Just seven minutes later in the period with the Habs on the power play, a rebound found its way to Prust once again with a sea of bodies in front of the net. With a clean swing at the puck and the goaltender down and out, it looked as though Prust would redeem his earlier chance.
Anderson’s paddle was more than ready for the task...
Those two saves served as a foreshadow of sorts for how the Habs came to encounter Anderson over the coming months. In a pair of regular season games against Montreal, Anderson posted a .953 save percentage and 1.52 GAA to go with his 1-1 record. In the playoffs, however, is where he really frustrated his Northeast opponents, posting a .950 save percentage and 1.80 GAA over the course of a five game series win.
Needless to say Montreal, and Prust specifically, will welcome a game where Ottawa’s 41 isn’t in goal come 2013-14.
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