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Anderson Gets The Nod Against B's

Tuesday, 02.24.2009 / 1:20 PM / Preview
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Craig Anderson makes his first start since February 3rd, a 4-3 overtime victory over Toronto. Anderson is 10-4-5 this season with a .929 save percentage. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
By Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com

BOSTON – Goalie Craig Anderson, who has stepped up in key situations so many times for the Panthers the past two years, will be asked to do so again this evening here at TD Banknorth Garden.

With Tomas Vokoun nursing the flu, Anderson will get the start this evening against the Bruins as the Panthers begin a five-game road trip.

“I’ve been in this situation before,” said Anderson Tuesday afternoon after the team’s pre-game skate. “I’ve just got to make sure I’m ready.”

Anderson was a key factor in getting the Panthers season on-track earlier in the year and comes into tonight’s game 10-4-5 record with .929 save percentage and 2.49 goals against.

Because Vokoun has been on such a roll – three shutouts in his last six games – Anderson will be making his first start since Feb. 3 when he helped the Panthers to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory against the Maple Leafs.

Anderson stopped 40 shots March 2 last season at Boston to earn the second of consecutive 1-0 shutouts. In all, Anderson stopped 93 shots in those two games.

“Let’s hope he doesn’t have to do the same thing tonight,” said Panther coach Peter DeBoer. “He hasn’t played in a while so he should have good energy. It’s a good opportunity. He’s a good goalie, we know that. Because of the play of Tomas he hasn’t had a chance to play lately so, hopefully, he comes in and does for the job for us.”

Asked if he had any concerns about Anderson being thrown in after playing only two games since Jan. 17, DeBoer said, “I’m not worried.”

“I think I’ve said all year we have the luxury of two starting goaltenders, and it makes these kinds of decisions easy,” he added.

The Panthers will go with the same lineup that delivered a 2-0 shutout Saturday against the Bruins at BankAtlantic Center. Nick Tarnasky will be in for Brett McLean on the fourth line.

“Boston is a big, physical team and it gives us a little more size, a little more speed on the wings,” DeBoer said. “It worked last game so there’s no use changing.”

BIG WEEK FOR CATS

Let the fun begin.

Beginning tonight, the Panthers play the first of five crucial games, four in a row against some of the top team’s in the league and the first three against teams in the midst of change and struggle.

Start tonight at 7 p.m., against the first-place Bruins, who begin a six-game homestand after having lost six of their past seven games, including Saturday’s 2-0 loss at BankAtlantic Center against the Panthers.

Move onto Thursday in New York, where the Panthers meet a Rangers team that fired coach Tom Renney and brought in the blustery John Tortorella Monday.

Come Saturday afternoon, the team pushes to New Jersey where they could meet old nemesis Martin Brodeur, who could be making his first start since undergoing surgery Nov. 6.

And Sunday afternoon, it’s Washington and the best player in hockey, Alex Ovechkin.

NOTES

Bruin winger Michael Ryder, who’s missed the past seven games due to facial injuries, will play this evening…Bruin head coach Claude Julien, who was angry with his team’s performance Saturday against the Panthers, said the team played better despite losing Sunday in Tampa. Julien said every team battles through slumps during an 82-game schedule – the Bruins are 1-3-2 over the last six – but added, “Right now it’s up to us to find our game again.”… Phil Kessel’s goal Sunday in Tampa was his first in 11 games since returning from injury…The Bruins are 19-4-4 at home…The Panthers are 13-13-3 on the road…The Panthers power play is 26th in the league, the Bruins sixth…

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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