Ottawa Senators goalie Anderson OK after leaving on stretcher

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson left Sunday afternoon’s game against the Dallas Stars on a stretcher after a collision in front his net, but he appears to have avoided serious injury.

Ottawa Senators goalie Anderson OK after leaving on stretcher
Ottawa Senators' goalie Craig Anderson waves to the crowed as he is taken off the ice on a stretcher after suffering a hit from Dallas Stars' Valeri Nichushkin during overtime NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The Sens lost 4-3 in a shootout. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson left Sunday afternoon’s game against the Dallas Stars on a stretcher after a collision in front his net, but he appears to have avoided serious injury.

Anderson was walking around the arena level of Canadian Tire Centre after the game and coach Paul MacLean said the only damage appears to be “a sore neck.”

MacLean said Anderson is not expected to be available when the Senators travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets.

Anderson was attempting to make a save in overtime when Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin skated through the crease and made contact with Anderson’s head and neck.

He didn’t move as the trainer ran out to assess him, and the silence in the arena was punctured only by occasional chants of “Andy! Andy!”

Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter to lift him onto the stretcher and cart him off the ice. Medical personnel determined a hospital trip was unnecessary, however, and his teammates were obviously relieved to see he was OK afterwards.

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