Florida (11-11-3) at Boston (17-4-4), 7:30 pm EST
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) — Craig Anderson has been the force
behind the Florida Panthers’ resurgence.
The Panthers will likely send Anderson to the crease once again
as they aim for their season-best fourth straight victory
against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Anderson made 45 saves Thursday to lead the Panthers to a 2-1
triumph over the Buffalo Sabres. The 26-year-old Anderson, who
has started each of the last four games, was vulnerable only
during a 5-on-3 advantage for Buffalo.
“He was great and especially when we needed him the most,”
Florida coach Peter DeBoer said of Anderson. “You go with the
guy with the hot hand, and he’s been all that and more.”
“They were throwing everything they had at me, and then some,”
Anderson said. “The guys did a terrific job of cleaning up the
Gregory Campbell opened the scoring with 4:18 left in the second
period and set up defenseman Keith Ballard’s goal 35 seconds
later for the Panthers, who improved to 4-0-2 in their last six.
Anderson’s mission to continue the win streak will not be easy
against the Bruins, who own the Eastern Conference’s best record
and highest-scoring offense.
Boston is also sporting a three-game winning streak after
posting a 3-1 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.