Hartsburg growing impatient with gerber's struggles
Ottawa Senators' head coach Craig Hartsburg's patience with Martin Gerber appears to wearing thin.
Last night, the Senators outshot the Florida Panthers by the count of 42-21 yet the visitors skated away with a 3-1 victory.
"It's very important that we get big saves at the right time in the game," said Hartsburg. "We talked about this last week. He makes a lot of saves in the game but you leave there every night thinking he could have had that one or maybe should have had that one. We're early in this but you start to see trends too and that's something we have to address with Martin."
Alex Auld will get the start against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and if he performs well, he could start again on Saturday against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
''I said earlier in the week we'd go back with Gerber on Saturday because that's what we had planned for the week and I want to stay with that plan,'' added Hartsburg. ''But if Alex goes in there and is a stud and a star, that's what we are looking for.''
While Auld is looking forward to his second start of the season on Friday, he was downplaying the potential of a goaltending controversy.
"I'm just looking at the opportunity tomorrow to get points for my team and to play my game," said Auld, who won his only start of the season, a 3-1 decision over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Stockholm.
Last season, head coach John Paddock went with a win-and-you're-in pattern involving Gerber and Ray Emery with little success.
''I know they went through that last year and that is not the issue,'' Hartsburg said. ''We've got to get our goaltenders playing their best, just like everybody else. If we get great goaltending (from Auld), then that's a positive.