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Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 1

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Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres played well in his first two starts of the 2013-14 NHL season.

Ryan Miller’s quest to keep his starting gig on Team USA started well…then an injury hit. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Each Monday morning, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team Canada and Team USA in Sochi based on their play to date.

Team USA

1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres: He’s stopped 77 of the 80 shots he’s faced in two games behind a porous Buffalo defense, reminding everyone how well he responds when facing waves of pressure, but he’s now day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

2. Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators: He bested Miller in Saturday’s goaltending duel and boasts a .948 save percentage through two appearances, but the Sabres’ keeper gets the nod at No. 1 based strictly on my eye test.

3. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings: Played well in his first two starts before being victimized by turnovers and general sloppiness in 4-1 loss to the Bruins. Looks like the No. 3 stopper he seems destined to be in Sochi.

4. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings: He was pulled from just his second start — ostensibly to spark a momentum shift — but Quick wasn’t particularly sharp while allowing four goals on 27 shots against the Jets on Friday.

5. Tim Thomas, Florida Panthers: It’ll take more than a couple of games to scrape off the rust that accumulated during his year-long sabbatical. He’s been inconsistent through two starts, but his familiar competitiveness was in ample evidence. Despite being overlooked for a camp invite, he’s in the mix.

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  • Published On Oct 07, 2013
  • Top Line: Epic goaltending battle; John Scott rips Steve Yzerman; more links

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    Craig Anderson preserved the shutout in a goalkeeping duel against the Sabres.

    Craig Anderson preserved the shutout in a goalkeeping duel against the Sabres. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The happiest man watching the sensational goaltending duel between Craig Anderson and Ryan Miller last night had to be Team USA coach Dan Bylsma. The pair of Sochi hopefuls combined to stop 79 of 80 shots in a thrilling 1-0 win for the Sens.

    • After the game, the Sabres recalled goaltender Matt Hackett, who’d just been shelled for six goals in AHL action on Friday night. Miller is healthy. So is backup Jhonas Enroth. So what’s going on here?

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  • Published On Oct 05, 2013
  • Will Craig Anderson’s new goalie pads create a bigger five-hole?

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    Shooters might see a bit more daylight between Craig Anderson's pads next season.

    Shooters might see a bit more daylight between Craig Anderson’s pads next season. (Jay Kopinski/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    We’ve been waiting to see what the latest round of changes would do to the equipment worn by NHL goaltenders. Finally, thanks to Ottawa Senators netminder Craig Anderson and the magic of Twitter, we can.

    Anderson posted one of his new leg pads (left) next to one of last year’s models (right) and the difference is fairly striking. Just eyeballing it here, but the new version looks like it’s about two inches shorter and maybe an inch or two narrower.

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  • Published On Aug 22, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Penguins dump Senators, advance to Eastern Conference Finals

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    James Neal (center) scored a hat trick in the Penguins’ 6-2 Game 5 win. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    When the Senators had a parade of players hauled on to the injured reserve, they were expected to sink. When they dropped five in a row in early April, people thought their postseason hopes were gone. And yet Ottawa found ways to win games, make it to the playoffs, make it past the first round.

    Well, after a season of exceeding expectations and proving doubters wrong, Ottawa finally reached the end of its line; after 58 games, the Senators just could not muster any more of their magic this year, and their surprisingly excellent season ended Friday night as they fell to Pittsburgh, 6-2, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Captain Daniel Alfredsson’s remarks after Game 4 — he had intimated that the end was imminent for his team, that he didn’t think it was likely his Senators could come back — turned out to be spot on. “With their depth and power play right now, you know, it doesn’t look too good,” Alfredsson said.

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  • Published On May 24, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Staying alive in Game 5 tall order for Senators vs. Penguins

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    By Allan Muir

    We know this much about the Ottawa Senators. Placed on a slab and fitted for a toe tag early this season after Jason Spezza, Craig Anderson and Erik Karlsson were dispatched to the long-term IR, this team hopped off and danced a jig on its own grave just to prove everyone wrong. So maybe writing the Sens’ obituary before they have a chance to play Game 5 in Pittsburgh tonight is a bit foolish.

    Granted, Daniel Alfredsson, the team’s captain, doesn’t like Ottawa’s long-term chances for survival, but that doesn’t mean they won’t live to fight at least one more day.

    “If you ask anyone and they looked at our series, I don’t think there’s too many people who would have pick us right now. That’s what I meant,” Alfredsson said by way of explaining his post-Game 4 quote that the Sens probably wouldn’t win the series. “We have an opportunity and we’re still in the playoffs. We have always responded when we were up against the wall and I expect us to do the same thing [in Game 5] and give ourselves a chance to win a game and come back [to Ottawa for Game 6].”

    GAME 4: Muir’s take | Recap | Boxscore Highlights | Complete postseason schedule

    Whether they come into the contest as never-say-die warriors, or with the easy calm of a team that has nothing to lose, the Senators still face long odds of extending the series against a Pittsburgh squad that proved it could keep its foot on the gas in Wednesday’s 7-3 thumping.

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  • Published On May 24, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Penguins romp over Senators 7-3, take 3-1 series lead

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    Senators goalie Craig Anderson.

    Senators goalie Craig Anderson finally cracked against the Penguins in Game 4. (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The Ottawa Senators finally proved they knew how to take a lead. They just didn’t know how to hold the lead.

    That might sound like an old Seinfeld bit, but no one in Ottawa was laughing.

    After Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris staked the Sens to a 2-1 edge during an entertaining first period, the Pittsburgh Penguins roared back with six unanswered goals on the way to a 7-3 win and commanding 3-1 series lead.

    Here are some observations from the pivotal Game 4:

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  • Published On May 23, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Greening the double-OT hero as Senators beat Penguins, 2-1

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    Colin Greening scored the winning goal in double overtime for the Senators (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The Ottawa Senators have it all wrong.

    They call themselves “The Pesky Sens,” swiping a catchphrase from the Dallas Stars and using it as a hashtag on Twitter. It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t so misleading.

    The Senators aren’t pesky. They’re resolute, resilient. They proved it again tonight, just when everyone was ready to write them off, piecing together their biggest win of the postseason by beating Pittsburgh 2-1 in double overtime in Game 3 to cut the Pens’ series lead to 2-1.

    We’ve all made that mistake before. This is the same team that seemed destined for the draft lottery after losing Jason Spezza, then Craig Anderson, then Erik Karlsson in rapid succession. But the Senators proved everyone wrong, not just earning a playoff berth, but knocking off the second-seed Montreal Canadiens with ease.

    So maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised to see them send what looked like a sure loss into overtime with a shorthanded beauty in the final minute off the stick of captain Daniel Alfredsson.

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  • Published On May 20, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Crosby too much for Senators as Pengiuns take Game 2

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    Sidney Crosby scored a hat trick in 21 minutes against the Sens on Friday night. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The Ottawa Senators couldn’t beat the Pittsburgh Penguins even when they managed to keep Sidney Crosby off the score sheet in Game 1. So you can imagine how well things went when Sid went off for a hat trick in Game 2.

    Crosby’s three-goal game, his first in more than two years, paced Pitsburgh to a 4-3 win over the Senators Friday night. The Pens now own a 2-0 lead with the series heading back to Ottawa for Game 3 on Sunday.

    This was the Kid at his best. Crosby’s first goal came on a quick burst up the wall that left Erik Karlsson in his tracks before he wristed one by Craig Anderson just 3:16 in. His second came on a vicious snapper that beat a baffled Anderson to the short side 13 minutes later. He completed the trick 1:15 into the second, timing his release to take advantage of a moving screen out front before blasting one over the keeper’s shoulder from the top of the circle.

    That was it for Anderson, who was pulled for the first time this season. And really, that was it for the Senators as well. Sure, some sloppy play from goaltender Tomas Vokoun kept them in the game, but Crosby’s star turn was too much for Ottawa to overcome.

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  • Published On May 18, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Senators rout Canadiens in Game 5, advance to second round

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    Craig Anderson

    Craig Anderson’s excellent play in goal was a big reason for the Senators’ success. (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Peter Budaj, Michael Blunden, Jeff Halpern and Gabriel Dumont weren’t the players expected to lead the Montreal Canadiens to playoff glory.

    So really, who can be surprised they didn’t?

    Missing their starting goalie, their captain, one of their top forwards and a heart-and-soul winger, the half-staffed Canadiens were no match for the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. They bowed meekly, 6-1, in the decisive Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

    The Sens now await the results of the other quarter-final series, but likely will face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who took a 3-2 series lead after shutting out the New York Islanders tonight.

    Some thoughts and observations on this elimination game:

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  • Published On May 09, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Senators stun Canadiens 3-2 in OT thriller, take 3-1 series lead

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    Kyle Turris (left) celebrated after scoring the winning goal for Ottawa in overtime. (Jay Kopinski/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It was in the bag. The Montreal Canadiens, still smarting from their Game 3 humiliation, built up a 2-0 lead on the Ottawa Senators. They played with urgency and passion, never giving the home team a chance to build any momentum from Sunday night’s thumping. Through 40 minutes, Montreal looked like a team ready to regain control of this series.

    And then it all fell apart.

    Mika Zibanejad cut the lead to one when the NHL war room ruled he hadn’t kicked the puck behind Carey Price, despite what seemed like compelling video evidence. Then, with Craig Anderson pulled for the extra attacker, Cory Conacher joined a mad scramble in the Montreal crease, where he somehow managed to poke the puck in with just 23 seconds remaining.

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  • Published On May 08, 2013


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