Craig Anderson named NHL’s first star for the month of January

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is off to a fast start this season, and Friday the NHL named him its first star for January.

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is off to a fast start this season, and Friday the NHL named him its first star for January.

Patrick Marleau, who leads the undefeated San Jose Sharks with nine goals, was No. 2 and Buffalo Sabres and league scoring leader Thomas Vanek (15 points) took the bronze.

Here’s what the NHL had to say about Anderson:

Anderson finished the month with a 5-0-1 record, ranking first in the League in save percentage (.967) and second in both goals-against average (0.99) and wins. The Park Ridge, Ill., native allowed one goal or fewer in five of his six starts and posted his 20th career shutout in a 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers Jan. 21. Anderson’s lone blemish came in a 2-1 shootout defeat against the Pittsburgh Penguins Jan. 27, a game in which he recorded a season-high 33 saves. Now in his 10th NHL season and third with Ottawa, the 31-year-old has a 136-110-31 career record with a 2.75 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 300 appearances.

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