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FHN TODAY: Craig Anderson Has Historic Night v. Florida Panthers
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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.
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.’’
FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW
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.
- Josh Mahura is one of a few players on the Panthers who has exceeded expectations this season — and he was rewarded with a contract for next season.
- It has been a long road back for Anthony Duclair as he returned to the Florida Panthers on Friday night against the Sabres.
- Although the Panthers had Duclair back, they were without Sasha Barkov and Sam Bennett; Grigori Denisenko and Zac Dalpe were recalled from Charlotte. Givani Smith is now on LTIR as well.
- The Panthers originally sent Spencer Knight down to the AHL on Wednesday in order to get some playing time as it did not look like he would play much in the coming weeks.
- Only Knight will not be going the Checkers as his reassignment has been canceled. Knight is stepping away from hockey for a bit to deal with a personal issue.
- To make room for Duclair, the Panthers ended up losing Chris Tierney on waivers to the Canadiens.
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NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
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?
PANTHERS ON DECK
FLORIDA PANTHERS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
- When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
- Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa
- TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida; ESPN+
- Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM 2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
- Season Series (Tampa Bay leads 2-1): Lightning 3, @Panthers 2 OT (Oct. 22); Lightning 4, Panthers 1 (Dec. 10); Florida 7, Lightning 1 (Feb. 6)
- Last season: Split four regular season games; Tampa won second-round playoff series 4-0
- All-time regular season series: Florida leads 74-50-19, 10 ties
- Up Next for the Panthers: Thursday vs. Nashville, 7 p.m.
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Actually they took 2 shots away so Anderson only made 49 saves
The NHL needs to get their act together. They added three saves after the game then took four away. Staying with 53. If the NHL is going to change stats they need to send out a release and own it.
They did not take 2 shots away; when the game ended, he had 50 saves on 51 shots. Later, they made it 53 on 54 which was the official number. If they changed it, they need to explain why because SOG in Sunrise this season has been an unmitigated disaster.
Kudos to Andy; He seemed to have little difficulty revealing to the Panthers and their fans what a mediocre team we have become. All eyes Will soon be focusing on the suit behind the bench. He has become a creative genius and an artful dodger in excuse-management with never a hint of self incrimination. May his slipups be noted, and his slips be pink.
The Panthers should have been up 2-0 early on the Cousins’ empty net put-in that missed and then Denisenko hitting the post coming out of the box breakaway. After that, one could just see that Andy was going to heat up — as he did.
George, did I see the news correctly??? Did you report that Barky is going to be held out of Tues. Games as well?? Based on how this year has gone that’s about par for the course.
You did. Barkov is out Tuesday, Bennett we will know about tomorrow.
Is there something else going on here? Seems odd that they can say , definitively, that he won’t be ready, it’s three days away. Am I reading too much in to this, or is Sasha being shopped? If it were broken, then that’s a trip on the LTIR, it’s obviously not, so something doesn’t feel right.. with the magnitude of the games being missed….I’m just saying, something feels off. Have you heard anything in that regard at all, anything, rumors, whispers????