The Ottawa Senators will start goaltender Craig Anderson in Sunday's Game 3 of their opening-round series with the Montreal Canadiens. Anderson told reporters on Sunday he was informed of the move that morning by Senators coach Dave Cameron.
Down 2–0 in the series, the Senators benched Andrew Hammond, who started the first two games and allowed seven goals on 81 shots. The Canadiens won Game 1 on Wednesday 4–3 and then took Game 2 in overtime on Friday, 3–2.
Anderson started 35 games this season, going 14–13–8 with a 2.49 goals against average and .923 save percentage. Hammond started 23 games as a rookie and went 20–1–2 with a 1.79 goals against average and .941 save percentage.
The 33-year-old Anderson has made 23 postseason starts, going 8–8 with the Senators in the 2012 and 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 2013, he was in goal for the Senators' five-game win over the Canadiens.
Anderson last played on March 29, in a 4–2 loss to the Florida Panthers in which he allowed three goals on 36 shots.
- Mike Fiammetta