Don't ever accuse Craig Anderson of not being able to stand the heat.
The Senators' top goalie scored his second straight victory over the Florida Panthers this week Thursday night. Chris Phillips, Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza chipped in with goals at the BB&T Center as the Senators remained unbeaten following a 3-1 victory.
The Senators have won three straight to open the season for the first time since 2007-08. Anderson made 25 saves, improving his lifetime record to 9-0-1 vs. the Panthers.
Anderson, who makes his off-season home in nearby Coral Springs and spent three years with Florida from 2006-09, returned to one of his old haunts and continued to make life difficult for the struggling Panthers.
"I'm just trying to give you guys stuff to write about," Anderson said with a smile. "Overall, we did what we had to do to get the win. We take this one game at a time."
After shutting out the Panthers with 31 stops Monday in Ottawa, Anderson didn't give Florida an inch. Only Tomas Fleischmann was able to score for Florida in the first period before he and the Senators completely shut the door.
There were plenty of doubters after Anderson didn't play during the lockout. He was expected to be challenged by either Ben Bishop or Robin Lehner for playing time, but the veteran has shown why he's the No. 1.
The Senators could have put this away midway through third when Guillaume Latendresse was awarded a penalty shot after being taken down by Florida's Brian Campbell. But Latendresse couldn't even get a shot off on Jose Theodore.
"You've got to score on those," Latendresse said.
Fortunately, it didn't hurt in the end.
Coach Paul MacLean was pleased with the effort.
"We feel fortunate to come out with the win," he said. "We stuck to it. We didn't get frustrated when things didn't go our way. We found a way to get momentum back on our side. I thought we established our game in the third and that made a big difference."
Ottawa Senators drop Florida Panthers in back-to-back games
Ottawa Sun | Jan 25