When the Senators are contemplating their goaltending situation for next season, they'll be looking at three pegs and two holes. If they don't get out of the first round of the playoffs, they may consider trading veteran Craig Anderson to make room for youngsters Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner.
On Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, however, Anderson might have ensured that he's not going anywhere.
In bettering Henrik Lundqvist's sensational performance in Game 3 by two saves, Anderson blocked 41 shots to record his second playoff shutout, this one by a 2-0 count that sends the series back to Ottawa Monday with the Senators in position to knock off the Eastern Conference's top seed.
Jason Spezza was the offensive hero, scoring his first two goals of the playoffs to give his team a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven.
"That was as good as I've seen him," said coach Paul MacLean. "And I think he's been really good throughout this series."
Anderson made a number of big saves, but the biggest was an outstanding left leg stop off Brandon Dubinsky's second-period shot at an open side.
"We limited our turnovers," said Anderson, sharing the credit for the huge win with his teammates. "We bought into blocking shots, keep shots to the outside and taking sticks away. We did the little things that you don't usually notice, but can make a big impact."
The unsung heroes of the game were Ottawa's penalty killers, as the Senators limited the Rangers to seven shots on four power-play opportunities.
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