Maybe Craig Anderson should have just gone out for dinner after the game.

Certainly Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray must be wishing he did.

But Anderson decided instead to make a meal at home after Wednesday's game against the Washington Capitals, and that decision has jolted the playoff hopes of the Ottawa Senators.

While preparing that meal on Wednesday night, Anderson, the team's No. 1 goalie, seriously cut his right hand (his stick hand) and had to be treated in hospital.

In a release, the team said he will make a full recovery but will be out indefinitely. Initial speculation is that there could be some tendon damage and he could be out for 10 days to two weeks.

It's expected that there will be an update following Friday's practice. Team management declined an interview request on Thursday night.

This is not the first time an Ottawa goalie has had problems with a kitchen knife. Ron Tugnutt missed several games during his time with the team after cutting a hand while trying to cut a bagel.