A teary Craig Anderson, in his first start after learning that his wife has cancer, was superb for the Ottawa Senators as they beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Sunday.
Anderson had tears rolling down his face as the public announcer called him to the rink to take his position between in front of the Senators’ goal.
It had been a tough week for Anderson but he showed that he is the ultimate professional by blocking out the devastation in his private life with a superb performance.
He had 37 saves for his second shutout in two starts – he hasn’t given up a goal in 121 minutes and 54 seconds of playing time.
Speaking after, Senators captain Erik Karlsson was full of praise for his goalie.
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“We couldn’t really feel the gravity until the final whistle,” he said.
“We accomplished a great game, led by Andy. He held a strong face, but you could still see the pain in his eyes.
“And he came in here and led by example. He didn’t say much, had the same routine and showed what a true leader he is.”
Elsewhere on Sunday in the NHL, the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1.
The Chicago Blackhawks eased to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
The New York Rangers flexed their muscles with a 6-1 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Washington Capitals put out the Calgary Flames 3-1.
The Buffalo Sabres cut down the Winnipeg Jets 3-1.
The Florida Panthers stormed past the Detroit Red Wings 5-2.
The Philadelphia Flyers edged the Caroline Hurricanes 4-3.