As you might expect, Craig Anderson was in a foul mood following Ottawa’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Saturday afternoon at Canadian Tire Centre.
Letting in two goals on four shots before getting the hook will do that.
“I had a bad day,” he said tersely. “Everybody has a bad day once in a while, it just so happens the red light goes on when I make a mistake, so it’s magnified that way, so you know, it’s stinks, but I can’t focus too much on it, I’ve got to move forward and put it behind you … it’s a little blip on the radar and one of those things where there sooner you forget about it, the better off you’ll be.”
Asked what he saw on the first shot, which hit the back of the net 21 seconds into the game, Anderson said: “It went in the net.
“I saw the puck come and I missed it.”
Defenceman Erik Karlsson didn’t sugar-coat the start.
“It’s a (crappy) goal, but I mean, at the same time, we can’t just put it on Andy in that situation, I mean the things he’s done for us in the past is probably way more than just one unlucky bounce and we should be able to clean it up for him.”
After falling behind 3-0, the Senators still found a way to make a game of it. Karlsson drew them to within a goal in the third period before the Kings put the pedal down to make things ugly.
“They obviously came out a little bit stronger than we did and they were pushing a little bit harder in the beginning and we were just sitting back too much and letting them control the neutral zone and getting into our zone way too easy and our first period wasn’t the best one this year.”
That said, captain Jason Spezza was pleased with the Senators’ rally effort.
“I think they got off to a better start than us, they created momentum early and I think through the second period, we play well, we get the goal and make it 3-2 and then the 4-2′s a bit of a back-breaker.”
BY THE NUMBERS
7: Kings shots needed to compile a three-goal lead
3: Points each for Jeff Carter and Dwight King
14:28: Ice time for Bobby Ryan, Ottawa’s leading scorer
8: Number of Senators forward who had more ice time than him
-3: Plus-minus rating for Cody Ceci and Chris Phillips Saturday
57%: Ottawa’s Corsi For percentage while playing at even strength
73.9%: Colin Greenings CF% to lead all Senators
42.3%: Milan Michalek’s CF%, last among the Senators