Across the street from a stretch of bars featuring some outstanding country and music performers, Craig Anderson left the Nashville Predators with the achy breaky hearts Saturday night. He then followed with a post-game summation that could somehow be twisted into the title of a new song. “The sun shines on a horse’s patoot every once in a while,” said Anderson, when asked about the hot hand he literally held the in Ottawa’s 2-1 shootout victory at Bridgestone Arena. While goals by Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza gave the Senators the extra point, Anderson made at least three great glove saves on the night. One was on a first period penalty shot off Viktor Stalberg with the game still scoreless, another off David Legwand in the shootout. “It’s one of those things where you need to bail your team out,” Anderson said of the penalty shot stop he was forced to make after Joe Corvo tripped Stalberg on a breakaway. “It’s just 1-on-1 with the guy. It’s kind of what you live for, those moments. It could have changed momentum either way and I think we got momentum after that.” Anderson wound up making 32 saves through overtime, while Marek Mazanec stopped 20 shots in the Predators goal. Kyle Turris scored in regulation time Ottawa, with ex-Senator Mike Fisher replying for the Predators. “I thought in comparison to the game in Colorado, where we didn’t play particularly well in the last five minutes, at the end of the game and into the overtime, we stuck to our guns,” said coach Paul MacLean, who noted the Senators were guilty of five giveaways on the night, when earlier in the season they were committing 15 a period. “I thought we had another consistent effort from Craig and our defensive crew. “We’re slowly starting to build some momentum.” Indeed, with the win, the Senators finally put themselves back into the playoff picture, however temporarily. It gave them 47 points, tied with the last wildcard spot holding Detroit Red Wings before their late Saturday night game in Los Angeles. “Not really,” Spezza said when asked if the positioning means anything at this point. “It’s too early for that. But we do look at the standings. You don’t want to fall behind. We know we’re with a lump of teams, but with the games in hand I think it’s too early to be looking at where you sit. “We could get passed by probably three teams (Sunday) if they win their games, so if you get caught up in that ... it’s a little early for that.” It was the third consecutive game played by Ottawa that extended beyond 60 minutes. It was also the sixth straight game from which the Senators picked up at least a point. The Senators are now 2-5 in shootouts this season, while Nashville’s record in the tie-breaking skills contest is 0-5.
Ottawa Sens win over Nasville Predators in shootout
Ottawa Sun | Jan 12