Bittersweet victory for Senators as they lose Anderson to injury
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson is injured as New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider slides into him during third period NHL action in Ottawa on Thursday February 21, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:14PM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 22, 2013 10:19AM EST
-- Kaspars Daugavins scored in the seventh round of the shootout and backup goalie Ben Bishop picked up the victory in relief of injured starter Craig Anderson as the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday.
The Senators lost Anderson at 1:43 of the third period after Rangers forward Chris Kreider was tripped in front and slid into the unsuspecting netminder.
No penalty was called on the play and Anderson had to be helped to the locker-room.
The Senators, already decimated by injuries to defenceman Erik Karlsson (Achilles) and centre Jason Spezza (back), can ill-afford to lose their No. 1 goalie for an extended period of time.
The team announced that the 31-year-old Anderson, who leads the league with a 1.57 goals-against average and .950 save percentage, suffered a sprained right ankle and is listed as day-to-day.
Daugavins appeared to fan on his winning shootout attempt that beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist between the legs. Kreider then stepped up needing to score, but couldn't beat Bishop.
Jakob Silfverberg also scored in the shootout for Ottawa, while Ryan Callahan had the lone goal for the Rangers.
Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators (10-6-2) in regulation. Anderson stopped all 21 shots he faced before being replaced by Bishop, who allowed two goals on 13 shots.
Callahan and Ryan McDonagh scored goals 51 seconds apart in the third period for the Rangers (8-7-1). Lundqvist made 35 saves in taking the loss.
Trailing 1-0 but with Anderson out of the game, the Rangers tied it at 10:44 of the third period on a power-play goal by Callahan and then quickly took the lead on McDonagh's shot from the point to silence the already stunned crowd of 19,076 at Scotiabank Place.
But Zibanejad tied the game with a power-play goal from in close with just over six minutes remaining to send the game to overtime.
This was the first meeting between the two teams since the Rangers eliminated the Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals last year.
New York got off to a good start on Thursday but Anton Stralman was robbed by Anderson.
The Senators opened the scoring five minutes later on a highlight reel short-handed goal by Silfverberg.
The Swedish rookie and New York defenceman Michael Del Zotto raced for a loose puck in the Rangers end, but it was Silfverberg who won the foot race. The 22-year-old then looked up ice as if he was going to pass, but instead beat Lundqvist with a backhand into the top corner at 6:48.
Del Zotto then had a great chance to tie it up on the power play, only to be robbed by a sprawling Daniel Alfredsson in the Ottawa crease.
The game slowed right down in the second with neither team generating many chances. Silfverberg had a good opportunity early in the period, but Lundqvist wasn't made a good save.