Yesterday's Newsmakers in the NHL: Craig Anderson Shuts Down Rangers

Florida Panthers goaltender Craig Anderson turned aside all 37 shots he faced, while Henrik Lundqvist failed to make it beyond the second period for the Rangers, as the Panthers used a three-goal outburst in the second to roll to a 4-0 win.

The Panthers received goals from Ville Peltonen, Stephen Weiss and Gregory Campbell in the second, as Weiss and Campbell scored just 12 seconds apart, leading to Rangers coach Tom Renney lifting his all-star netminder. Michael Frolik added some insurance in the third period for Florida, picking up his second goal of the season.

For Anderson, it's the fourth time this season he's stopped at least 37 shots in a game, as he pushes his season record to 4-1-3 and currently boasts a .948 save percentage, best in the NHL. He had to withstand a 17-shot barrage from the Rangers in the final period to preserve the shutout.

Anderson's performance was good enough for him to earn yet another start on Tuesday, when the Panthers take on Washington.

Big Night for American Milestones

A pair of American-born stars hit some milestones on Sunday, as Dallas' Mike Modano became the 31st player (and first American) to reach the 1,300-point plateau in the NHL. Modano reached the mark with a game-winning goal in the third period, helping lead the Stars to a 4-3 win over Edmonton.

Milestones aside, it was a huge win for Dallas simply because it was a win.

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Blues forward Keith Tkachuk picked up his 1,000th career point with a second period goal, tying the game at two.

Brad Boyes scored the game-winner midway through the third period, as the Blues went on to win 4-2.

Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec did everything he could to bail out his team, turning aside 43 of 46 shots in the loss.

Rob Niedermayer Scores Two in Win

Carolina goalie Cam Ward left the game after one period, while his replacement, Michael Leighton, surrendered three goals on 11 shots in the third period, as the Hurricanes fell to Anaheim, 4-1.

Teemu Selanne picked up the eventual game-winner seven minutes into the third period, while Rob Niedermayer closed the deal with a pair of goals just six-minutes apart.

Jonas Hiller made 37 stops to pick up the win in goal for the Ducks.

Odds and Ends

... The Tampa Bay Lightning made another roster move on Sunday, sending defenseman Andrew Hutchinson to Dallas in exchange for Lauri Tukonen, who is currently playing in Finland. Not exactly a move that's going to shake the foundation the NHL stands on, but Hutchinson is expected to step into the Dallas lineup as Sergei Zubov will miss a week with a lower body injury.

... The Ottawa Senators placed 20-year veteran Luke Richardson on waivers this week, and yesterday, the 39-year old defenseman decided it was time to hang up the skates, retiring from the NHL. Richardson played in only two games with the Senators this season, and had played in more than 70 games only once since the 2002-03 season.

Yesterday's Newsmakers in the NHL: Craig Anderson Shuts Down Rangers originally appeared on NHL FanHouse on Mon, 01 Dec 2008 10:45:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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