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Andy's Blog: Game In Halifax

Saturday, 05.3.2008 / 2:48 PM ET / Blogs
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Andy\'s Blog: Game In Halifax
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Making the second appearance at the World Championships of his career in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Panthers goaltender Craig Anderson will be blogging on his experience before and throughout the whole tournament. Anderson will be playing for Team USA in the tournament that starts May 2nd.

In his first full season with the Cats, Anderson played in 17 games, posting a 8-6-1record with a 2.25 GAA and .935 save percentage.

Saturday May 3rd.

Just got back from lunch after our practice today. Sitting around trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my day.

Last few days have been pretty busy. We had traveled on Wednesday from Portland, Maine to Boston to catch a flight to Halifax. We ended up flying an Air Canada commercial flight. After we checked in, we headed thru the security check point. Every single player on our team had to go thru the special pat down. Extra security. Now this is only funny because we have a group of about 40 people and the plane only held about 44 passengers. So in theory we had our own plane to ourselves.

Thursday we ended up just having a practice in the afternoon, so it was a great morning to catch up on some sleep and sleep in. It’s been quite some time since I remember having to get half dressed, get on a bus to go to another rink to practice and get back on the bus to go back to the main rink. So for the skaters it is a bit easier because they can get fully dressed and just leave their skates off. But for the goalies, we have to pack a bag with all of our equipment, get dressed at the other rink, get undressed and get back on the bus after. So needless to say, it’s a bit of a pain.

Thursday night ended up having one of the best meals I've had in a few months. Although when the restaurants make you have a 3 hour dinner from start to finish, you tend to be a little hungrier. Ended up having a fillet of beef that was just the most tender, perfectly cooked steak I've had in months.

Friday was game day. Pretty much a standard game day prep was involved here. Morning skate, noon time lunch, followed by a nap, and then back to the rink for the game. We played Latvia the first game, and I was on the bench cheering the guys along. The most exciting part of the game had to be all the Latvian fans cheering for 60 straight minutes during the game. Needless to say I think 100 percent of them were drunk. We ended up winning the game 4-0 and both goalies played extremely well. We out shot them 49-24. I think.

On a side note, after the game went out for a bit to the local places to grab a few pints of beer, and Halifax is actually a pretty fun town. For all you Canadians out there, you will know what I'm talking about when I say, I was a Bubble's Mansion, which would only be famous if you have ever seen the Canadian TV show "Trailer Park Boys".

There's your update for the last few days.


Monday, April 28th.
Had a pretty busy weekend. Saturday we had a early afternoon skate, followed by a skate with the fans at the local rink right after. It was then a 30 min autograph session on the ice. Spent Saturday night with my parents and relatives up here in Portland, Maine and was able to get a pretty nice home cooked meal. A rare thing when you’re on the road.
Sunday we had an exhibition game against Sweden. So we had our typical morning skate at the game arena, followed by pre-game meal, and then on to a pre-game nap. Sounds like a boring day. Anyways, on to the game.  We had a really good atmosphere here, playing in front of about 5000 fans. I was called upon to get the start for Team USA. It was determined the day before that Robert Esche and I were going to split the game half way. Pretty high tempo game, I didn't know how I was gonna play, after all I didn't feel I had a very good warm-up. Ending up shaking the cob webs out and put some saves together. Ended up with a two-goal lead after the first period with some solid play by my teammates.
Came out of the game with a 2-0 lead midway thru the second and proceeded to watch Team USA coast to a 5-1 victory. 
Today was pretty fun day. Not too much work at the rink today as Tim Thomas was at practice, making 3 goalies share 2 nets. After practice the guys went to play Paintball. I just want to talk about the 30 minute stop at Wal-Mart for paintball clothes. Talk about being a spectator of 25 guys in the men’s section of Wal-Mart deciding which pair of dickies, and what color sweatshirt to buy. The drive out was pretty boring, as most of the guys and myself spent napping during the bus ride. But once we got to the paintball facility it was all out energy. With the weather giving us a wet battlefield, the boys went to war.

After a quick safety speech from the paintball guy, teams were divided up and then we went out to the field. It was 24 year olds and older vs the kids. After 3 rounds of flying paint, we headed back to town. Another long boring bus ride back into town.
Went and had sushi for dinner and now just getting ready to shut it down for the night. 

Friday, April 25th.

We are staying in downtown Portland right now, taking a bus out to a practice rink. It’s a pretty drive, lots of water, hills, and rocks. Very beautiful scenery up north here.

Practices have been pretty tough. I’m still trying to find the rhythm again after being away from it for a few weeks. I found out the last two days that pucks hurt once again. Have taken a couple off the shoulder, but surprisingly I found that pucks especially hurt in the stomach area. I have a couple of marks to show from it too.

I've got a pretty good roommate here in a guy we all know and seem to boo him every time he touches the puck down in Florida.

I was able to do a little site seeing today, heading south to South Portland with some relatives. Took lots of pictures while taking a hike up and down the shore. Lots of rocks, light houses, and historical information here. Found out the Germans had a U-Boat off the coast of Maine during WWII. Kind of neat information.

That's about it for tonight, I went site seeing as opposed to taking a nap today and am turning it in for the night.





1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01

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