Craig Anderson withdraws of absence from Senators

TORONTO, CANADA - NOVEMBER 12:  Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators takes a drink during a break in NHL game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs November 12, 2011 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

Goaltender Craig Anderson took an uncertain time away from the Ottawa Senators to be with his better half, who started growth treatment Wednesday.

Nicholle Anderson was diagnosed to have throat disease and began chemotherapy and radiation treatment in New York.

Anderson won’t be accessible when the Senators have the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN5, CSN-PH, NHL.TV). Mike Condon will begin and Andrew Hammond, who was reviewed from Binghamton of the American Hockey League prior this week, will be the reinforcement, mentor Guy Boucher said on Wednesday.

Anderson took a personal leave for six days amid preparing camp. On Oct. 27, he took another personal leave to be with Nicholle; he returned and made 37 spares in a 2-0 shutout against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 30.

“We know he is going to miss some games very soon, so he wants to play all the games that he can until he misses some,” Boucher said Sunday, taking after Anderson’s 33-spare shutout in a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers.

Anderson was the NHLs First Star for the week finishing Nov. 27 in the wake of running 4-0-0 with 1.25 goals-against average, a .960 save percentage and one shutout.

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