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Craig Anderson is stealing Henrik Lundqvist’s thunder

Apr 21, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

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On paper, New York Rangers star goalie Henrik Lundqvist should have a massive advantage over Ottawa Senators No. 1 guy Craig Anderson.

To casual fans, Anderson is known for a couple pictures of him (seemingly?) gawking at Ice Girls. Meanwhile, Ice Girls probably gawk at Lundqvist. (He’s a handsome fella.)

Lundqvist is richer, has a gold medal to his name and might just win his Vezina Trophy this season. Meanwhile, many would argue that much of the Senators’ success came despite Anderson, whose best span of the season was interrupted when he was injured while cutting chicken.

Yup, by all standards of logic, the Senators’ 3-2 series lead (thanks to a 2-0 Game 5 win) should only come via overwhelming Lundqvist & Co. with their offensive brilliance. Instead, Ottawa has tightened up considerably in their own end and Anderson has (gulp) been just a little bit to a lot better than Lundqvist – depending upon whom you ask.

It’s totally unfair to lay the blame on Lundqvist for the Rangers’ Game 5 loss, in particular. It’s literally impossible for a goalie to win a playoff game when the players in front of him fail to score a single goal.

Still, if you want to be literal about it, Anderson might be the best goalie of the series so far. Maybe it wouldn’t happen again if this series happened 10 times, but it’s tough not to shake this shocking possibility at this point.

  1. matty11kat - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Just saying, Avs fans are pretty aquainted with how much of a beast Anderson can be in the playoffs. Also with how badly he can then blow up.

    • tru2joelu4eva - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      remember his epic 53-save shutout against the sharks? i was at that game and it was amazing, but it takes GAMES, which has yet to be seen….

    • polegojim - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Exactly…. Hot…. but then cold… VERY cold…. Stone COLD

  2. schlitzy - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    I just puked in my mouth a little…

  3. sens101 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    He’s been pretty consistent and settled down after the first game and has given us a chance in every game. I don’t think you can ask much more than that. He stole that game last night and hopefully he”ll do the same on Monday night! Andy! Andy! Andy! hahahaha

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