Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Craig Anderson Has 35-Save Shutout as Senators Blank Sabres 4-0

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Craig Anderson Has 35-Save Shutout as Senators Blank Sabres 4-0

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Anderson perfect as Senators blank Sabres 4-0


OTTAWA - There's no denying this has been a difficult season for Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

After going 97 days without a victory, Anderson was finally able picked up a win on Saturday in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers. It was his first win since Dec. 17 and he followed that performance with a 4-0 shutout against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, stopping all 35 shots he faced.

It was Anderson's second shutout of the season.

"I thought the guys all fought really hard, especially at the end so that kind of shows the chemistry and togetherness that has developed here," said interim head coach Marc Crawford. "I think they recognized it was a big win for Craig the other night and now to follow that up with the type of performance he had tonight I think guys were really pushing to make sure they didn't make any miscues to give up the shutout."

The players know only too well how rough some nights have been for Anderson this season as he's often had to face more than 40 shots.

"He's been facing so many shots every night and we never made it easy for him and he's always stood there and tried to do his best," said Thomas Chabot, who had two assists. "Last game he won his first game in a while and (Tuesday) to get a shutout is what he deserves. He played so well all year. He's been so huge for us so he totally deserves that."

Brian Gibbons had a goal and an assist to lead Ottawa (27-43-6), while Anthony Duclair, Rudolfs Balcers and Magnus Paajarvi also scored.

The win marked the first of a four-game homestand for the Senators, who are playing its first game after a three-game road trip through Western Canada where they went 1-2-0.

Ottawa has now won its last three home games where they've outscored its opponents 12-2.

Carter Hutton made 27 saves in net as Buffalo (31-36-9), lost its fourth straight game. …

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