Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation. As we noted on Saturday night, the Boston Bruins’ win over the New York Islanders gave them the last wild card spot, for the moment, and moved them to within one point of the Toronto Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic. As for the Islanders, it’s a tough loss – on the second night of a back-to-back – but they still have a game in-hand on Boston, as do the Leafs.
Craig Anderson's quiet perseverance has spoken volumes for the Ottawa Senators. The Senators' No. 1 goaltender has missed parts of the season to be with his wife Nicholle as she battles a rare form of throat cancer. "The fact he's been able to juggle all that together and keep his cool and keep his performances up to the level is absolutely outstanding and you have to be inspired by that," coach Guy Boucher said Monday after Anderson was voted Ottawa's nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication.
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