To coincide with Tuesday's birthday of Charles Dickens, this is A Tale of Two Cities, or at least, two goaltending situations.

At one end, there was Ottawa Senators workhorse Craig Anderson, who has played in more games (51) and faced more shots (1,500-plus) than any other goalie in the NHL this season.

At the other end was Brian Elliott, the former Senator swapped for Anderson last February, now part of a St. Louis Blues tandem that shares the crease almost equally. Elliott has appeared in 24 games, Jaroslav Halak in 29.

Mr. Solo versus the tag-team wrestlers, except that Anderson's hockey marathon came to an abrupt halt early in the first period, when the Blues put a couple of pucks past him on fourth shots. It was Anderson's 18th consecutive start and one of his shortest, with just 3:49 played, the precise time of David Perron's goal for St. Louis. Anderson's shortest appearance came on Nov. 11, when he was pulled after two minutes.