Down 3-0 in their first-round series against Montreal, the Ottawa Senators need every team member to step up and deliver the rest of the way if they’re to make it to the second round. Early in Game 4 Wednesday, Sens goalie Craig Anderson was doing his part, stopping Canadiens winger Brandon Prust on a shorthanded breakaway.
If the Ottawa Senators are to rebound from a 3-0 first-round series deficit to the Montreal Canadiens, they’re going to need nearly-perfect performances from the entire team the rest of the way. And although their power play in Game 4 Wednesday wasn’t perfect – allowing a shorthanded breakaway to Habs winger Brandon Prust – Sens goalie Craig Anderson was there to bail it out with a solid pad save to keep the contest scoreless.
Prust got his breakaway chance in the second period of the defensive display between the two teams, and when he attempted to deke Anderson out by first faking a backhanded shot then going to his forehand, Anderson cooly threw out his right pad to stop the shot and prevent the goal:
(video courtesy of Streamable.com via Reddit user PuckTheBruins)
Anderson’s save kept Montreal from taking the first lead of the night, and in a potential elimination game like this one, that’s of vital importance. When Senators winger Mike Hoffman scored nine minutes into the third period to register Game 4’s first goal, a hat tip deserved to be directed at Anderson for keeping the team in a position to win. Ottawa may well lose the series, but without the Sens’ last line of defense coming through on his end of the bargain, it won’t much matter what the rest of the team does.