Sens give Anderson a rest

Curtis McElhinney will get his first start for the Senators tonight against the Lightning. (QMI...

Curtis McElhinney will get his first start for the Senators tonight against the Lightning. (QMI Agency/Al Charest)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:53 PM ET

TAMPA - The wait is over for Curtis McElhinney.

After making nine straight starts and compiling a 6-3 record since his arrival in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche, Craig Anderson is finally going to the bench Friday night as the Senators face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

McElhinney, acquired on waivers Feb. 28 from the Bolts, has been stapled to the Ottawa bench since arriving. The Senators are playing the second of back-to-back games after a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers Thursday.

"Craig has played a lot of hockey in a short period of time," said coach Cory Clouston. "It's a really good time to give Craig a rest."

"He's still going to carry a majority of our games in the final games. It's a good time to give Curtis a chance."

McElhinney never played for the Bolts after being dealt to Tampa by Anaheim. He doesn't speak to the media on game days.

The Senators have kicked off this road trip with back-to-back wins in New Jersey and at Florida.


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