Trailing 3-0 and facing elimination, the Ottawa Senators will go back to their veteran netminder tonight at home versus Montreal.
Coach Dave Cameron confirmed this morning that Craig Anderson would get the start over rookie Andrew Hammond.
“He has a proven playoff record of being a real good goalie,” Cameron told reporters.
Anderson stopped all but two of the Canadiens’ 49 shots in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss — a defeat that put the Sens on the verge of being swept.
As noted by his coach, the 33-year-old has been a solid playoff performer, registering a career postseason save percentage of .928 in 25 appearances. Among active goalies who’ve started more than 10 playoff games, only Mike Smith, Jonas Hiller, Braden Holtby, and Tuukka Rask have a higher save percentage than that.
Brendan Shanahan’s search for a new front office executive in Toronto will include one of his former teammates.
Per TSN, Shanahan has received permission to interview Arizona goalie coach and assistant GM Sean Burke. The news comes just days after Shanahan cleaned house in Toronto, turfing GM Dave Nonis, the entire coaching staff and the majority of the Maple Leafs’ scouts.
Burke, friendly with Shanahan from their time together in New Jersey, is believed to be in high demand across the league, largely because of his versatility as a coach and executive. He’s has knowledge of and contacts throughout the NHL, having suited up for eight different organizations over a 19-year career, and is viewed as something of a “goalie whisperer” after reviving the careers of Ilya Bryzgalov, Mike Smith and Devan Dubnyk in the desert.
Burke has plenty of hockey operations experience as well. He’s worked under Coyotes GM Don Maloney since 2012 and recently served as part of Hockey Canada’s management team for the 2015 World Juniors.
Last month, Burke — in the final year of his deal with the Coyotes — confirmed he was granted permission to interview elsewhere and explore his managerial options.
“I wanted to manage from the moment I retired,” he said. “Coaching is good because it gives you an additional avenue of experience, being in that dressing room every day, but when you stay in that role too long, it becomes more difficult to get where you want to go.”
Canada won’t be lacking for offensive weapons at this year’s World Hockey Championships.
Two of the league’s top-12 scorers — Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and Philly’s Claude Giroux — will wear the red and white in Prague from May 1-17, Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday. Seguin and Giroux were part of the original 19-man roster set for the tournament; Canada can register up to 25 players as teams are eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The rest of the Canadian roster looks like this…
Goalies: Martin Jones, Mike Smith
Defense: Tyson Barrie, Brent Burns, Aaron Ekblad, Jake Muzzin, David Savard
Forwards: Seguin, Giroux, Matt Duchene, Cody Eakin, Jordan Eberle, Tyler Ennis, Taylor Hall, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan O’Reilly, Jason Spezza, Tyler Toffoli.
Team Canada will be coached by Todd McLellan.