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FHN TODAY: Craig Anderson Has Historic Night v. Florida Panthers



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Craig Anderson stops a shot from Sam Reinhart — one of his 53 saves — as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Panthers 3-1 on Friday night. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

SUNRISE — It has been a long time since Craig Anderson has suited up for the Florida Panthers.

To put it into context, when Anderson was in net for the Panthers from 2006-09, a number of his Buffalo Sabres teammates were little kids just starting out on the ice.

Anderson and his wife Nicholle still make their home in Parkland and had a large  group of friends and family celebrating their son Levi’s ninth birthday with his party at the arena on Friday night.

While the kids were having fun up in the stands, Anderson was having a blast shredding the Panthers with 53 saves — including 26 in the third period — to keep the Sabres on track for a playoff berth while impacting Florida at the same time.

Not bad for a travel baseball coach.

With his big night back in Sunrise on Friday night, Anderson became the first goaltender in NHL history to record multiple performances of 40 or more saves and one or fewer goals against in a single season at age 41 or older.

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Anderson also became the oldest goaltender (41 years, 279 days) to record 50 or more saves in a single game.

EDIT: The NHL took away four of Florida’s shots without making a big deal of it (they also added three after the game but that’s neither here nor there); so, Anderson ends with 49 saves. The Sabres did not amend the information above, either…

“I think the mind just shuts off. You just kind of start worrying about just the next shot and whatever the shot clock got to, it got to,’’ Anderson said.

“That is about as good a game as I’ve played in a while and as good mentally as far as being sharp and being in the moment. That’s always tough to do is to stay in the moment and tonight was one of those nights where I was able to do it.’’


The Florida Panthers talked about being frustrated following their loss to the Sabres on Friday night.

But that frustration is on themselves. The team did not come out all that sharp and certainly did not look like a team playing in a key game in the midst of a playoff push.

It was just sort of more of the same.


The Florida Panthers did not get much help in the playoff race on Saturday — although, had they taken care of business Friday night, they would still be holding the last wild card.

As it stands now, the Panthers are a point back of the final spot but are grouped in with a bunch of teams.

On Saturday, the red-hot Detroit Red Wings were grounded by the Lightning.

  • Joe Thornton has spent much of this season working with the San Jose Sharks’ front office but still has not retired after spending last season with the Panthers.
  • Brad Marchand scored and extended his point streak to five games as the Boston Bruins beat the Canucks. Did you see Linus Ullmark score a goal? He became the first Bruins goalie ever to do so.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves some cap space with a surprising waiver claim. What are they looking for before the NHL Trade Deadline?
  • The Colorado Avalanche wecolmed back Nazem Kadri on Saturday.
  • Surprising to see Montreal Canadiens winger Josh Anderson not drawing more attention before the deadline.
  • What do the Calgary Flames have planned for the deadline?
  • Looking at the impact Bo Horvat has had since joining the New York Islanders.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers placed Travis Konecny on IR; could they become cap brokers this week?



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