Craig Anderson Playing Like a Vezina Candidate for Ottawa Senators

By Patrick Schmidt
Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson has been a revelation in net this season only allowing three goals in his first four starts and has a 3-1 record. His lone loss came on Sunday in a shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Acquired in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche in the 2010-2011season, Anderson is playing like the best goalie in the league and displaying the ability he did during the 2009-2010 season when he carried the Avalanche to the postseason. During that season, Anderson posted a 38-25-7 record with a 2.63 goals against average and seven shutouts–which matched his career total during the first six seasons of his career.

However, the next year things went sour for Anderson who had a 13-15 record with an ugly 3.28 GAA and a .897 save percentage which led to his trade to Ottawa for Brian Elliott–who is now excelling for the St. Louis Blues–and served as a wake-up call for Anderson, because he’s 47-27 prior to Sunday’s loss in a Senators sweater.

After a 94-point season last year, the Senators are looking like a legitimate Stanley Cup contender as long as Anderson continues his dominance that could result in a nomination for the Vezina Trophy awarded to the league’s best goalie.

The Senators are tied for the Northeast Division with the Boston Bruins and sit one-point off the Eastern Conference lead and show no signs of slowing down.

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