The Oilers lead the Pacific Division after a great start to the 2016-17 season, but they were shut out last night at home, by the Ottawa Senators.
Senators’ goalie Craig Anderson ended the Oilers’ five-game winning streak with an emotional return to his team after backup goalie Andrew Hammond was injured Friday. Anderson had taken a personal leave after his wife Nicholle was diagnosed with cancer, but she encouraged him to return to the team.
Sunday night’s game resulted in the 35th career shutout for Anderson. He was named the game’s first star, and Oiler goalie Cam Talbot waited just off the ice to applaud Anderson. “Him being able to play the way he did under those circumstances, you have to give him so much credit. It’s an unthinkable situation. I can’t even imagine what was going through his mind. I don’t know if I would be able to do what he just did right now. We send our thoughts and prayers to him and his family,” Talbot told reporters after the game.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 31, 2016
Anderson & Sens upon the completion of his shutout victory pic.twitter.com/DnNuBeBQRy
— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 31, 2016