BOSTON - Craig Anderson was the first off the ice today, gets the start for the second straight night. After making 53 saves to shutout the Isles, he deserves it.
JM says he spoke to both players about the decision, says it's as simple as Andy deserving the start. Says there's not much more to it than that, and OK, that's cool.
So, it's Craig Anderson taking on old pal Alex Auld tonight. Remember last year, Anderson was supposed to be Auld's backup, then the Panthers went out and signed Ed Belfour. Anderson was sent to Rochester after training camp, only to return and become Belfour's backup when Auld shut it down with a knee injury.
-- Lines stay pretty much the same tonight, Gregory Campbell centering the third line with Peltonen and Montador, Kamil Kreps centering No.4 alongside Glass and Belak. Radek Dvorak will not play tonight, practiced with the team then got a full workout courtesy of Guy Charron. Noah Welch also out, but should be back in the coming days.
-- According to Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont, d-man Aaron Ward is out tonight after coming to the skate on crutches. Also, coach Claude Julilen had the team fly back from Washington last night, only to have them stay in a Boston hotel. The Bs are 0-4-1 in home games following a road game. So they figured to mix things up.
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-- Julilen to the Globe on pulling Tim Thomas (after four goals in eight-plus minutes), then putting him back in only to bring Auld back in the third: ''I think you guys probably thought it was Mike Keenan after a while.''
-- JM continued to refuse comment on Chad Kilger, adding "there's lots of work being done. I can't divulge what's being done. He's at home with some personal issues. Once I have all the information, you'll be the first to know. It's no different than having a guy injured.''