The struggling (4-6-4) Ottawa Senators suffered a serious blow today when goaltender Craig Anderson was forced out of a game against the Dallas Stars. Anderson has a history of injury – he missed 18 games in 2012-13 with a high ankle sprain. Today’s incident has the potential to be more serious.
On a play in overtime, Stars 2013 1st round pick, Valeri Nichushkin collided with the Sens netminder, leaving him down and dazed. Anderson remained on the ice for a while and was eventually wheeled off on a stretcher, while giving a thumbs up to the hometown fans.
In the replay of the collision you can see that Anderson takes the big Russian’s knee awkwardly in the neck and head area. Video courtesy of the NHL’s YouTube Channel. Subscribe here.
The Ottawa Senators official Twitter account tweeted the following regarding Anderson’s injury status:
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