Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/18/13
Back from a trip to Hollywood Craig Anderson played a starring role for the Senators. The Senators' top goalie was a human highlight reel making 40 stops as the club scored a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils in front of 18867 in the home opener Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Helped by three-point efforts from Erik Karlsson and captain Jason Spezza along with goals from Bobby Ryan Milan Michalek and Zack Smith the Senators sent the Devils packing by extending their winless streak to seven straight games. The Senators made legendary goalie Martin Brodeur look awfully ordinary by beating him four times on the 22 shots he faced. Michalek's blast late in the third ensured the Devils wouldn't come back. Anderson's best save of the night came in the third when he was able to get his paddle down to halt Jaromir Jagr parked all alone in front of the net. The Devils' only goals came from Steve Bernier and Travis Zajac in the third. "(Anderson) absolutely deserved to be the first star. I thought he changed the game for us" said Ryan. Despite the pushback by the Devils New Jersey was held to 1-for-7 on the power play. Zajac scored on a 5-on-3 only 54 seconds into the period and then Bernier fired it by Anderson glove side at 10:59. "Winning is fun. We've got to take advantage of being in our building and having our fans" said Anderson. "We had quick start by getting off to a two-goal lead and we were able to find a way to get the win ... We've got work to do." The Senators made the most of their opportunities -- which were few and far between. A tic-tac-toe passing play with Smith scoring his second of the season at 18:41 of the second gave the club a 3-0 lead after two periods. "We're happy to get this win. We've been on the road for a long time and we're happy to have the start we had because the fans have been waiting a long time" said Spezza. Anderson stood tall to make the stops and the Devils couldn't score on the power play chances they did get with the Senators looking vulnerable. With his back turned in the second Anderson was able to get his pad on a loose puck with Ryan Carter parked on the doorstep midway through the second and the Devils trailing 3-0. Anderson said he wasn't sure that had happened before.
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