It was a very disappointing end to the season for the Ottawa Senators as they got knocked out in the second round of the NHL playoffs. The Senators couldn’t stop the Pittsburgh Penguins during the last two games of the series, giving up 13 goals in getting hammered. I think the team may have left goalie Craig Anderson out to dry to finish what was a sparkling season for him.
Anderson allowed six goals during the last two games of the series and gave up seven goals in the first two games of it. It is obvious that those numbers aren’t going to cut it, and while Pittsburgh is a talented team that can score on anyone, something had to been done. It could be looked at as a lack of defense or just the talent of the Penguins got to Ottawa. Anderson did everything he could all season long to get the Senators to that point, and he should be commended for that. You have to slow down your opponent one way or another, though.
I don’t think Anderson can come up with another season with a goals against average of 1.69 because that is just unreal. If the Senators can get another year out of Anderson where he can win 30-35 games and allow around 2.5 goals a game, they will be just fine. The team’s injury problems will be resolved by then, and they will be at full strength going forward. It is going to be a long offseason for Anderson and the Senators thinking about what happened in their final two games.