Senators goaltender Craig Anderson says his wife is cancer-free

Craig Anderson's wife is now cancer-free after dealing with a rare form of throat cancer over the past year, the Ottawa Senators goaltender said Saturday.

Nicholle Anderson told her husband of the new diagnosis Thursday morning before Ottawa was eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals that night.

"She did a PET scan and MRIs, and as of right now everything is clean and we'll just cross our fingers," Anderson told NHL.com. "We've got to do scans, I think, every three months. As of right now things are positive, but you're not out of the woods yet until you get, I think, two years of cancer-free news."

Craig Anderson took a two-month leave of absence during the regular season to be with his wife, who had been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a cancer that starts in the upper part of the throat behind the nose and near the base of skull. She underwent treatment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

The goalie returned to the Senators in February and went on to post 11 playoff wins as Ottawa reached the conference finals for the first time since 2006-07.

Anderson called the season a "rollercoaster."

"Ups and downs emotionally, physically," he said. "I think a lot of life lessons learned this year not only by myself, but staff and players, all together. Hockey is a job for us, and it put it in perspective this year."