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Senators goalie Craig Anderson leaves game with sprained ankle

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

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As hard as it may be to believe, the Ottawa Senators lost yet another key player to injury on Thursday night during their 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers.

Already playing without their two most talented players, Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, the Senators lost perhaps their most important player when goaltender Craig Anderson had to leave their game with the Rangers after he sprained his right ankle on the play shown above.

The Senators announced that he is currently day-to-day.

Rangers forward Chris Kreider was tied up with Senators defenseman Marc Methot, resulting in Kreider crashing to the ice and slamming hard into Anderson. He had to be helped off the ice and couldn't put any weight on his leg as he went to the locker room.

He left the game with the Senators leading 1-0 and was replaced by Ben Bishop, who proceeded to give up two quick goals. If the injury keeps Anderson out for an extended period of time, Robin Lehner would get the call-up from the American Hockey League.

Even without Spezza and Karlsson (and let's not forget leading goal-scorer Milan Michalek) the Senators have remained competitive and entered Thursday's game still in the top eight of the Eastern Conference. But if Anderson is out for an extended period of time, that just might be a little too much to overcome.

Anderson is having his best season in the NHL and entered Thursday's game leading the league with a .950 save percentage. In his 14 starts before Thursday, he had allowed more than two goals just three times. He has two shutouts and allowed just one goal six times.

The Senators acquired Anderson during the 2010-11 season when he was struggling with the Colorado Avalanche, but he finished strong after the deal. The Senators then signed him to a four-year, $12.75-million contract extension that's now looking like a steal. That contract has two years remaining after this season.

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