Craig Anderson injury update
A scary moment occurred on Sunday afternoon when Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson was stretchered off the ice after taking an inadvertent blow to the head by Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin. This is a positive case when the impact looked worse than the injury turned out to be.
Here’s the play at full speed.
Nichushkin is a big kid and had a pretty good head of steam going before ramming into Anderson. It appears that the stretcher was just a precautionary measure as team doctors were worried that perhaps some kind of damage had occurred to the goalie’s head or neck. Anderson was later seen up and walking around in his gear.
Very good sign, Anderson walked by still in his gear. Snuck a look at the monitor to see what was happening in the game.
— Shawn McKenzie (@ShawnMcKenzieSN) November 3, 2013
That’s the good news—That no serious injury happened on the play. Still, Ottawa wasted little time in announcing that Anderson wouldn’t play in the team’s next game because of a stiff neck. We’ll file that under the “no kidding” heading.
Update on Craig Anderson: He has a stiff neck and will receive further evaluation tomorrow. It is unlikely he will play Tuesday.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 3, 2013
Given that the Senators give up more shots on goal than anyone in the NHL, it’s good news that they seemingly won’t be without their No. 1 goalie for an extended period of time. Not that backup Robin Lehner has been shaky in his starts for Ottawa this season. It’s arguable that he’s been better than Anderson to this point.
The Senators play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.