Senators' Robin Lehner battled through struggles like a No. 1

Senators goalie Robin Lehner has never played second fiddle to another goalie on the same team in...

Senators goalie Robin Lehner has never played second fiddle to another goalie on the same team in his life, until this season. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency/Files)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:13 PM ET

OTTAWA - If there was any good to come out of the injury to Craig Anderson during a critical stretch for the Senators, it's that his backup was able to be himself again.

And for Robin Lehner, being himself means not being a backup.

Lehner has never played second fiddle to another goalie on the same team in his life, but this season, his first full season in the NHL, he had to assume that role behind Anderson.

That meant playing just three times in October, only twice as the starter. Talk about being eased into the league. He then saw action nine times in November, but only because Anderson was injured. And in three straight starts early that month, all he did was allow four goals and earn recognition as the NHL's player of the week.

The reward? His nice warm seat on the bench was waiting for him just as soon as Anderson was ready to go again.


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