Despite Anderson, Sens in shootout shambles

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:15 PM ET

TAMPA When it comes to shootouts, the Senators know both ends of the spectrum.

They have the best goalie and the worst shooters.

When Craig Anderson gave up the deciding goal to Atlantas Andrew Ladd Sunday, it marked the first time the Senators goalie had been beaten in 16 shootout attempts this season. That gives Anderson a .933 save percentage in shootouts the top percentage of goalies who have faced at least five shootout attempts.

Brian Elliott, the Senators No. 1 goalie before being traded to Colorado for Anderson, has a .611 save percentage with seven goals against on 18 shots.

Meanwhile, the Senators have scored only three times on 22 attempts for a 13.6% success rate well below the 29th worst in the league Edmontons 17.4%. Why are the Senators so horrible?

Right now, were missing a lot of guys, said coach Cory Clouston, referring to the fact shootout regulars Daniel Alfredsson (injured), Alex Kovalev (traded), Mike Fisher (traded) havent been around. I really dont know. Cant give you a specific answer on that.

The Senators have won 2-of-7 shootouts, thanks to Anderson.

I think shootouts are a confidence thing, kinda, said Jason Spezza, who has one goal on five chances. Ive had years where I think Ive been 5-for-6, and right now Im on something like a 1-for-7 or 1-for-8 run. You lose a little confidence. You second guess yourself. Its just one of those things youve just got to go in and stick to your guns. Not worry too much about what you think the goalie is going to do.

Spezza said having Anderson behind them is going to help Senators shooters.

With Andy, hes so good, you have that confidence if you miss it doesnt feel like the end of the world. Hes given us a chance to win every time in the shootout. It definitely makes a big difference to have a good goaltender like that back there.

Its nicer to shoot when you score and you win or you miss and it keeps going on, rather than you score to keep it going. Its definitely easier to shoot that way.


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