It’s hard to overstate the importance of Craig Anderson’s play and the impact he’s had on the Colorado Avalanche. The team’s new goalie came up huge again Saturday night, stopping 48 of 49 shots, including every one in the third period, to lead the young Avs to a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings (recap via The Denver Post).
One of Anderson’s major feats during that crazy third period was staying solid during the Red Wings’ four power plays in the game’s final eight minutes. The Globe and Mail in Toronto calls Anderson “the NHL’s newest overnight sensation,” noting that his magic will be put to the test this week with back-to-back games against the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames.
The Flames drafted Anderson 77th overall in 1999 but failed to sign him to a pro contract. Ten years later, Anderson will have the opportunity to rub it in their faces. NHL.com‘s standings show Anderson’s effectiveness, with the Avs sitting atop the Northwest Division at 18 points.