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Senators get No. 1 goalie Anderson back

03/22/2012 07:12 EDT | Updated 05/22/2012 05:12 EDT

Craig Anderson will be back in the net for the Ottawa Senators for their next game, the team confirmed on Thursday.

The Senators visit Montreal, and Anderson will return to the lineup after a four-week absence. The 30-year-old suffered a tendon injury on his pinkie finger while using a knife in his kitchen.

"I just want to make sure that when I get in there, I'm making the saves I'm supposed to be making and doing everything as best as I can to help the team win," Anderson told the team website. "It's been hard to watch, but the guys have done a great job of filling in and filling the role."

Veteran Alex Auld started the first game in Anderson's absence, a loss, after which young netminders Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop filled in admirably to help Ottawa retain its playoff position.

The six-foot-seven Bishop was acquired from St. Louis days after Anderson's injury.

Anderson had been red hot in the four games before his injury, recording two shutouts while allowing just four goals in total.

Ottawa (37-27-10) is seventh in the East heading into the weekend, which also includes a national Hockey Night in Canada assignment at Scotiabank Place against Pittsburgh (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).

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