Senators update: Anderson in against Bruins

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean’s explanation for choosing Craig Anderson in goal against the Boston Bruins Friday night?

Senators update: Anderson in against Bruins
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson stops a shot with his stick during second period NHL action against the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday November 12, 2013 in Ottawa. Anderson allowed five goals on 31 shots as the Flyers defeated the Senators 5-0. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean’s explanation for choosing Craig Anderson in goal against the Boston Bruins Friday night?
“He’s our No. 1 goaltender,” said MacLean, allowing himself a small smile. “(The coin flip) came up heads.”
And that was all MacLean had to say about the difficult decision on whether to use Anderson or Robin Lehner against the Bruins.
Lehner is 2-3-2, with a 2.11 goals against average lifetime against Boston and Anderson is 3-8-0 with a 3.46 goals against average, but clearly the Senators coach wants the veteran Anderson to get back on top of his game as soon as possible.
While Lehner is still on a personal three-game winning streak, Anderson returned to the net from his neck injury in Tuesday’s 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
“If you have a good game, bad game, regardless, as a team you have to put games behind us,” said Anderson.
While MacLean has made it clear in the past week that Anderson owns top dog status, Anderson also says nobody is above the team – including goaltenders.
“This game is a team game,” he said. “And one person is just a piece of that puzzle. This isn’t football, it’s not a sport where it’s the quarterback who is the guy. It’s a collective effort. It’s not golf. It’s not tennis. You need your teammates to help you succeed.”
Anderson also says there’s room for two goaltenders to both receive their share of action.
“Look at Chicago last year,” he said. “They used (Ray) Emery and (Corey) Crawford. They were going back and forth.”
On defence, Chris Phillips will return to the lineup after missing Tuesday’s game. Patrick Wiercioch will join Joe Corvo on the sidelines. Phillips is expected to play alongside Mark Borowiecki, with Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot together and Jared Cowen and Eric Gryba serving as a tandem.
The forward lines remained the same: Clarke MacArthur-Kyle Turris-Bobby Ryan; Milan Michalek-Jason Spezza-Cory Conacher; Colin Greening-Zack Smith-Chris Neil; Matt Kassian-Derek Grant-Mika Zibanejad.

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