Sens’ Anderson pulled after McDavid, Oilers light him up

Gene Principe explains how Connor McDavid’s return was everything and more for everyone from his head coach to Oilers fans.

Well, Craig Anderson lasted all of 11 minutes, 41 seconds Thursday as he got a taste of what Connor McDavid and the all-of-a-sudden red-hot Edmonton Oilers are capable of.

The Ottawa Senators netminder allowed three goals on 10 shots as his team fell behind 3-0 early at home.

Mark Fayne opened the scoring with a shot from the point and then the McDavid show began. Just 41 seconds after the opening goal, McDavid earned an assist on a nifty Jordan Eberle marker.

Several shifts later, on an Oilers power play, McDavid set Eberle up for his second of the period.

Heading into Thursday, Anderson was 20-16-4 with a 2.89 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.