Anderson makes 40 saves, Senators top Sabres 2-1
Craig Anderson credited a couple of bounces among his 40 saves
in the Ottawa Senators’ latest win.
The veteran stood out in leading his club to a 2-1 win over the
Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
”When called upon, you’ve got to be there for them,” said
Anderson, who earned his ninth win of the season. ”Tonight was one
of those nights where everything kind of went my way. I got the
”We did the little things that pay off and end up winning you
the game as opposed to looking good on the score sheet.”
Like the Senators, Anderson has had his share of struggles this
season, but has looked better lately.
”Our goaltender obviously made a conscious decision that he was
going to be competitive and gave us a chance to win,” Senators
coach Paul MacLean said.
MacLean has been looking for a more consistent effort from his
team and with points in their last four games the Senators are
finally showing signs of it.
”We’ve had a good week, but we can’t be satisfied with that,”
Anderson said. ”This week means nothing if we don’t continue with
the progress for the next game.”
Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith scored for the Senators (13-14-6), who
have earned at least a point in four straight games.
Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for the Sabres (7-23-2), and
Ryan Miller made 30 saves.
This was the second of back-to-back games between the teams.
Buffalo earned a 2-1 shootout victory on Tuesday.
Anderson was solid in the third with the Senators holding a 2-1
lead. He made a big early save on Mark Pysyk, and another on Drew
Stafford late to preserve the lead. He was called upon yet again in
the final two minutes after Milan Michalek took a holding
”I think Anderson played well,” Ennis said. ”Scoring goals is
These teams have a history of playing a less-than-exciting games
against each other, which could be a reason for the second smallest
crowd of the season with just 15,578 on hand.
”We’ve struggled to put wins together, so when you get four
games and points in all of them it’s pretty huge,” Smith said.
”It’s good to get going and get the confidence up.”
The second period was a struggle for both teams. Ottawa
continued to have trouble in its end, but was fortunate as the
Buffalo offense had its own problems.
Smith’s second-period goal at the 6:39 held up as the
Kyle Turris sent a pass to Smith that bounced off a skate and
onto his stick before he swept it past Miller.
Ottawa nearly gave up the first goal but caught a break when
John Scott was called for goaltender interference early in the
The Senators made the most of the opportunity and scored first
as Ryan scored his 15th of the season midway through the period.
Turris made a cross-ice pass to Ryan, who was left alone in
Buffalo coach Ted Nolan admitted both goals were just a matter
of players breaking down for a couple of seconds.
”If you don’t turn for one split second, it’s in the net,” he
said. ”That’s what happened.”
The Sabres made it 1-1 on a power-play wraparound goal by Ennis
late in the first.
The Senators will look to extend their point streak Saturday
afternoon when they take on the Los Angeles Kings.
NOTES: Ottawa native D Cody Ceci played his first NHL game. D
Joe Corvo played in his 700th NHL game. D Jared Cowen sat out the
first of his two-game suspension. The Senators also recalled C
Jean-Gabriel Pageau. … D Marc Methot was out with the flu, and LW
Matt Kassian was a healthy scratch for the Senators. … The Sabres
were without top-scoring C Cody Hodgson, who has an undisclosed
injury. D Brayden McNabb was a healthy scratch.