Anderson back in net for Battle of Ontario
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
|Ottawa Senators' goalie Craig Anderson looks on after broken play resulted in a goal by New York Rangers' Marion Gaborik during the second period of NHL hockey action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa Wednesday, November 9, 2011. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)
It’s back to Craig Anderson.
Pulled after allowing two goals on six shots in a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Friday night, Anderson will be back in the net Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 3 of the Battle of Ontario at the Air Canada Centre.
Anderson, who gave up two bad rebounds that resulted in goals before being pulled only 2:25 into the game against the Sabres at the First Niagara Center, has 4-2-0 lifetime record in seven appearances against the Leafs.
The Senators need Anderson to bounce back.
He allowed four goals on 24 shots in a 6-5 loss to the Leafs on Oct. 8.
“He’s our No. 1 goalie,” said coach Paul MacLean.
“He’s part of our leadership group and we need him to give us confidence.”
That’s not the only change as defenceman Brian Lee will play for the inconsistent David Rundblad.
The Leafs are trying to show respect for the Senators.
“The first time they were in there we played pretty well, but they came back on us in the third and showed that they could score a lot of goals,” said Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul.
“We’ve got to stay out of the box. They played (Friday) night so that’s a team that we’ve got to jump on early.”
Toronto isn’t making any changes.
Defenceman Mike Komisarek and Lupul are both recovered from whatever bumps and bruises that were bothering them enough that they missed practice Friday.
Ben Scrivens will start for the Leafs in goal.