Craig Anderson has been here before.

The goaltender got his first taste of the NHL playoffs in 2010, backstopping the No.8-seeded Colorado Avalanche against the heavily-favoured Sharks.

He came out on the losing end of that six-game set, but not before a career-making 51-save performance in Game 3 of the series, a 1-0 overtime win for Avalanche.

"I learned a lot in that series and I can use that going forward here," said Anderson. "It was an unreal event, just the feeling we had as a team and as a group... We gave up (51 shots), obviously we got outshot, but the end result was what we wanted and that's all that matters come playoff time. It doesn't matter if it's a goalie, a forward, a defenceman. You don't know which player is going to step up and be the difference-maker."