For most NHL goalies, allowing four goals to the same player in a single game is usually a memory they want to quickly erase.
However, for Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, that wasn't the case. After Toronto Maple Leafs centerman Auston Matthews' four-goal output, Anderson kept the stick he used that game, and later asked for the 20-year-old to sign it.
"I just asked one of the guys (to get it autographed)," Anderson said, according to Bruce Garrioch of Post Media. "I had the stick lying around and I thought, 'Maybe I should get it signed,' and, the next time (the Leafs) were in town, he signed it for me."
The insignia Matthews chose for the paddle was almost as sharp as his lightning-quick snapshot.
"Thanks ‘Four’ making my first game memorable," Matthews penned.
Usually, when a player just entering the league takes a jab at a longstanding veteran like Anderson, even if it's light-hearted, there are repercussions.
Again, not Anderson's style.
"Yeah, it’s funny. It’ll be up on my wall and it’ll be a good story for the grand kids one day," Anderson said Friday. "It was creative. I guess it’s kind of expected of a guy that’s that creative on the ice to be that creative intelligently.
" ... It seems like he’s got a very creative personality. It shows with the way he plays and it shows with the way he signed it."
Matthews may have some creativity off the ice, but he's certainly got plenty when he's on it. The Arizona native has 10 points in 7 games and will look to continue his hot streak against Anderson and the Senators when they resume the Battle of Ontario tonight in Ottawa.