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article imageIs Craig Anderson injury the good goalie news Maple Leafs need?

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 23, 2012 in Sports
When it comes to goalie news for the Toronto Maple Leafs it's been bad of late. James Reimer had a run of poor outings, including being pulled in Vancouver, and then there was that over time blunder by Jonas Gustavsson against the Devils.
But there is good news on the goalie front for Toronto, though yeah, it's not something you normally celebrate. The Ottawa Senators, a team the Leafs are chasing in the standings, have a workhouse goalie named Craig Anderson; he's one of the NHL's best this year and we now learn he's out indefinitely.
The 30-year-old, who the Sens got from Colorado last season, has appeared in 56 games in 2011-12, posting a 2.85 goals-against average and 29-19-6 record with a .910 save percentage. His injury? He apparently cut his hand while preparing a meal. Indefinitely means just that so he could be back soon - or not.
Ottawa Senators without Craig Anderson
If he is out for an extended period a lot will fall on the shoulders of back-up Alex Auld who's been in but 13 games this season and started only 7. His GAA is a fat 3.28 and he's 2-3-2 with a save percentage of .880, under that respectable mark of .900. He's a veteran but has never been a number one goalie in his career.
Right now the Winnipeg Jets have caught Toronto in the race for eighth, though the Jets have played two more games, and that seems to be the worry Leafs fans have. That and the declining play of Reimer and Gustavsson. But those two have been brilliant much of the season and if either or both can get their game back then the Maple Leafs will have a shot not just at holding on to eighth but, if Anderson remains out and Auld remains Auld, the Leafs could go higher.
Not the good news on the goalie front Leaf fans are looking for but if an injury while preparing a meal helps to prepare the way for the first Leafs Stanley Cup playoff appearance in 7 years, they'll take it.
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