51 Shots, 51 Seconds


Denver, CO — 0:51 seconds into overtime Ryan O’Reilly redirected a clearing attempt by Dan Boyle that snuck past Evgeni Nabokov to end the game. The Avalanche were out-shot 51-17 by the Sharks. You could say that 51 was a lucky number for the young team from Colorado, though you’d be ten off. Craig Anderson wears number 41 and it was his performance that provided all the luck for the young team late last night.

Anderson set many franchise records this past season for games played (71), games started (71), minutes played (4,235), shots faced (2,233), and saves (2,047). He also lead the league in shots faced and shots saved. At the end of the regular season Anderson tallied up 38 wins, second in franchise history only to hall of famer Patrick Roy who had 40 wins in one season. Last night he set an NHL record for stopping 50 shots in regulation without allowing a single goal.

Always a classy guy Anderson said post game that the entire team stepped up and killed the penalties and made sure that any shot he did not see they blocked, throwing their bodies in front of the puck for him. If we were to be honest the Sharks lost the game, not Dan Boyle, not Evgeni Nabokov. The inability to get even one shot past Anderson when firing over 50 is a cause for concern. Look for Anderson to be the main guy for Colorado in between the pipes, something that hasn’t been said or done since Patrick Roy left in 2003.

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