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OTTAWA - There are a few weeks, Craig Anderson remained in the shadow of the new darling in the National Hockey League, Andrew Hammond. Sitting at the end of the bench of his team, attended the American madness "Hamburglar".
The major periods euphoric however, are not eternal. Ottawa is no longer launches burgers on the ice in the final moments of the match. There is a different kind of phenomenon. Supporters chanted "Andy, Andy, Andy" to greet the game veteran goalkeeper.
"I found it really good to hear the supporters shout his name for our two games in Ottawa, they have not forgotten, said winger Clarke MacArthur. It's human nature. When you find yourself on the sidelines, you live the darkest moments. You do not want to woe to him who replaces you, but you want to become a person of trust. Andy could not help it, it was not his fault that he was not playing. This is Hammond was just great. "
THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
Polled in Hammond for the third game in this series, Anderson has regained his confidence, but also that of Dave Cameron and appearance.
"When injuries occur, it opens the door to other, logically Anderson recalled before the start of the Senators for Montreal. We were lucky to have Hammond, who played very well. It is why we play again. From my side, you have to come back and fight for your post, in the same way that players have to fight for their time of use. "
"If I had chosen to mope about my own fate, I could not help my cause and that of the team, he continued. This is a team sport. You always have to work hard no matter your use. "
It was only two small games, but for Anderson, this is almost a redemption. With a record of one win and one loss, a 0.93 average microscopic and an efficiency rate of 974, it has given a chance to bounce back to the Senators in this series. In the locker room of the Senses, it welcomes the success of Anderson.
"Craig is a veteran and I have great respect for him, said defenseman Marc Methot. It's special to see a guy bouncing in the same series if he had hardly played for three months. Just his presence in goal is reassuring for the team. "
Unlike Hammond, Anderson also has an important card in the game from that experience. In 2013, he signed four wins against Carey Price and CH in the first round of the playoffs. He set the tone for the series by blocking 48 shots in a 4-2 win at the first game in Montreal.
Anderson, however, not look at videos of this series to further increase the level of confidence.
"You can fall back to you on that, but in the end, you still have to play in the present, he has said. Think about the past can help confidence, but you have to play your game. "
"It is a building where supporters are passionate, he went further. You have to use their energy to your advantage. We will manage the changes of rhythm, because when Montreal takes pace, supporters can have quite an impact to maintain it. If we play like in the last few games, we can counter it