Anderson turned away 34 of 36 shots en route to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Tuesday. The Bruins' offense has to strike fear into opposing netminders these days, as they came into this game averaging 3.80 goals per game since the All-Star break, but Anderson seemed wholly unintimidated, working around a couple power-play goals and getting timely offense from his teammates. He'd been scuffling a bit coming into this game, posting 1-1-1 record with an .894 save percentage in his past three, so this was a nice turnaround for Anderson, who needs to be at his best with the Sens driving toward a playoff spot.
Anderson will start in goal against the Bruins on Tuesday night in Boston, TSN 1200 reports. Ottawa still has work to do in order to nail down a playoff spot, so naturally its top dog will be unleashed. Anderson took two losses -- one in overtime -- in a back-to-back set against the Canadiens this past weekend, but he had been undefeated over six contests heading into that rivalry series. He'll now face a Bruins team that ranks 20th in home scoring at 2.52 goals per game, though it does feature star pivot Brad Marchand, who has 37 goals in his quest for the Rocket Richard Trophy.
Anderson allowed four goals on 37 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Canadiens on Sunday. Anderson fell to the Habs for the second time in as many nights in this one, as he surrendered three goals on 32 shots in a losing effort Saturday, as well. It's a disappointing way to end a six-game winning streak for the veteran netminder, who now owns a 21-9-2 record with a solid .928 save percentage and 2.30 GAA -- both of which are improvements on his career marks of .916 and 2.70.
Anderson will get the starting nod for Sunday's game in Montreal, Dean Brown of TSN1200 reports. The Illinois native has been one of the top goalies in the league all season, notching a .929 save percentage. The Canadiens are middle-of-the-road offensively, averaging 2.70 goals per game, so Anderson will have a decent shot to keep playing well.
Anderson (lower body) will be the home starter Saturday against the Canadiens, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. It was left up to Anderson to decide if he was feeling healthy enough to play. Evidently he thought he was, and now the veteran netminder with the 2.23 GAA and .930 save percentage through 30 games will take on the Habs at home.
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