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from Damein Cox of the Toronto Star,
Perhaps somewhere along the way somebody should have sent a scout to Denmark.
Maybe that would have shortened the process of looking for a replacement for Ed Belfour in the net of your Toronto Maple Leafs.
As it was, it’s taken 11 seasons (!!!), five general managers, six coaches and 17 goaltending candidates to find someone capable of doing something approximating the job Belfour did for three seasons in the waning years of his stellar career.
But, it appears, the Leafs finally have located such a netminder.
Frederik Andersen has managed to erase those ugly first impressions he made in October, ones that made many wonder if he was just a rerun of Vesa Toskala or Jonathan Bernier, and in so doing likely set himself up for a lengthy run in the Toronto net as the club’s No. 1 goalie.
from Kristen Shilton of TSN,
If there’s one thing this young Toronto Maple Leafs season hasn't been short on for goaltender Frederik Andersen, it’s adversity.
There was the blowout loss at home on Tuesday against Tampa. Then in the second period of Thursday's game against the Florida Panthers he was tripped awkwardly in his crease by Jaromir Jagr, which fortunately didn't do any damage. What did was the high-stick Andersen subsequently took from Colton Sceviour through his mask that split open his left eyebrow, after he had backstopped the Maple Leafs to a lead late in the third period.
The bloodied netminder stayed in though. He stopped 29 of 31 shots to give Toronto its second win of the year, downing the Panthers 3-2. The Leafs move to 2-2-3 on the season.
“It’s a little different experience. I’m sure that probably won’t happen the same way again,” Andersen said of his eventful night. “I’m glad the eye is okay [because] you never want to leave the game. I was just happy we could patch it up so it wouldn’t bleed too much and keep me out there.”
The last 72 hours have been a near-constant stream of debate, criticism and questions about Andersen and his league-low stats after five starts. Before Thursday’s game, many of the Maple Leafs defended their goaltender and lamented the quality of chances they have allowed up front that have hindered his success. Head coach Mike Babcock thought his team did even more of that against Florida.
Game highlights are below plus a video of the high-stick on Andersen...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Babcock has staunchly defended Anderson publicly -- what else is he going to do? But you know that, behind the scenes, management has to be nervous to some degree, even a grizzled veteran like GM Lou Lamoriello. There's a lot riding on this investment in goal.
"I liked him in Anaheim," said an Eastern Conference goalie coach via text message of Andersen. "Was always concerned with his durability. Or his 'desire to play.' Anaheim protected their goalies well. But he still made saves, won the Jennings (Trophy) by a goal and he was excellent in the last game (last season) against the Caps to clinch (the Pacific Division). It's one thing to not make big saves. It's another to do uncharacteristic things and give up goals a junior could stop.
"I always say you don't lose your skills overnight," the coach continued. "It will turn if (Andersen) has any mental toughness at all.''
Added a Western Conference goalie coach via text message: "What I have seen (with Andersen) is busy feet. When he's not set, he has a tough time. I think he is one of the best. He has struggled, though.''
And finally, from an NHL scout: "He looks really active in the net right now. He's not allowing the play to come to him.''
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The volume will be turned up real loud now.
It’s bound to hit a pitch Frederik Andersen never previously experienced while spending three years tending goal for the Anaheim Ducks, or prior to that as he made his way from Denmark to Sweden and eventually North America.
This became his fate the minute he signed a five-year contract with the Maple Leafs over the summer, but the 27-year-old can be forgiven if he thought it would take longer than five starts before his first “crisis” arrived.
In Toronto, this is what happens when the goalie struggles. When he has a slow start to the season and allows seven goals on 24 shots, just as the jackals are circling.
Andersen hasn’t looked the least bit comfortable during his brief time in Leafs colours and acknowledged after Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay that there’s a pretty good reason for that.
“Well, it’s definitely an adjustment,” he said. “But you’ve got to just keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t try to change too much. I think that’s something I’ve got to do better – just play my game and the results should come.”
Catch the game highlights below...
The regular season hasn’t started yet and the Maple Leafs may already be without a No. 1 goalie.
Frederik Andersen, who the Leafs acquired in a trade from Anaheim this summer, was pulled from an Olympic qualifying game on Friday. He was in net for Denmark as they took on Slovenia and the incident occurred in the final five minutes of regulation.
The 26-year-old Andersen was accidentally run into by his own teammate and reportedly stayed down on the ice for a few minutes before leaving the game. Denmark lost the game 3-0.
Watch the collision below...
added 5:08pm, Ducks release is below...
From the NHL:
KANE, OVECHKIN, ANDERSEN AND GIBSON CAPTURE 2015-16 REGULAR-SEASON TROPHIES
NEW YORK (April 10, 2016) – The 2015-16 National Hockey League regular season concluded on Sunday with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin claiming his sixth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and the Anaheim Ducks tandem of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson winning the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders who play at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.
via tweets from the Anaheim Ducks,
INJURY UPDATES: Perron (separated right shoulder) is out 4-6 weeks from his time of injury (March 20 at WPG).
INJURY UPDATES: Andersen is out with a concussion suffered in the game vs. CGY. Rakell (appendicitis) is out one week.
The Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.
via the OC Register,
“He just shot it in. I don’t know. Went on net and went through my legs.”
- Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, on James Neal’s goal from beyond the blue line.
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
There’s an old question about whether it’s better to be lucky or good, but the real question today is why do you have to make a choice at all?
It’s best, certainly, to be lucky and good, like Frederik Andersen and the Ducks were Sunday, which is largely why they beat Chicago, 4-1, in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Andersen stopped 31 of 32 shots from the Blackhawks, prompting his coach, Bruce Boudreau, to say afterward: “He was very good. Our goaltender was very good.”
But it was Andersen’s paddle that made the save of the game, foiling Chicago’s other shot on goal, during a first period that, had the breaks gone the other direction, could have been the reason the Blackhawks won Game 1.
Baseball has its seeing-eye single. Andersen has his seeing-eye stick, a device that Sunday briefly took the game into its own no hands.
Forced by the pressure into an extremely compromised position, Andersen tossed everything he had left – which is to say the only thing he had left – in front of an otherwise naked net to prevent Patrick Kane from scoring barely five minutes into what was still a scoreless game.
Watch the Kane save below...
Andersen is on short-term IR.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Captain Shane Doan had converted nearly 31 percent of his shootout attempts over the span of his career, but he hadn't been able to earn a spot in the Coyotes rotation this season until Saturday.
And apparently the wait meant plenty of time to tap into his creativity.
Doan made a memorable debut as he used a stick-shattering shot to finally solve the Ducks' Frederik Andersen in the fourth round of the shootout, which dealt the Coyotes a 2-1 win in front of 13,656 at Gila River Arena in their return from the three-day Christmas break.
"He didn't show me that move in practice," coach Dave Tippett said. "He shows me that move in practice, maybe I'd use him a little more."
continue for more on the goal..
Watch the shootout goal below...
Marian Hossa can't believe it!
Anaheim TV crew with the call below...
The Anaheim Ducks lost the services of goaltender Frederik Andersen on a strange play, and Matt Beleskey suffered a "lower-body injury," but the Ducks stared a potential 3-games-to-none deficit in the face and came up winners, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Thursday night. A solid relief performance from Jonas Hiller in goal and some smart decisions played big factors in the win, as ESPN's Pierre LeBrun noted:
Ben Lovejoy desperately wanted to dish it off to Andrew Cogliano. But with that passing lane closed, he did about the last thing he ever wanted: He shot the puck. He of nine career regular-season goals whistled it top shelf on Jonathan Quick, no less; a dagger of a goal which stood up as the winner for the Anaheim Ducks on a night that had a little bit of everything.
"Easily No. 1," Lovejoy chuckled when asked where that goal stood in his career. "I don't score many goals. So they're all very, very, very special. But that was the first [fist] pump of my life, the first celebration, I hope I did it right. But it was an emotional goal and a big win for this team."
Knowing that a loss would dig a series hole every team wants to avoid, the Ducks showed a lot of moxie Thursday night in a gritty performance that needed all kinds of contributors.
"We all know being down 3-0 to the Kings wouldn't be a situation nice to be in," captain Ryan Getzlaf said after the Ducks' 3-2 win that cut the Kings' series lead to 2-1. "The guys did a great job responding tonight and getting back to where we need to be."
LeBrun continues, and NHL.com posted both a "recap" video...
And a highlight clip:
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What was interesting about the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2, comeback win over the Edmonton Oilers is that the goalie of record for the Ducks, Frederik Andersen, won for the 19th time and pushed his save percentage to an impressive .925 in 26 appearances.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau has been resting starter Jonas Hiller after a period of uneven play following the Olympics, giving Andersen three straight starts, all victories. The 24-year-old rookie from Herning, Denmark, stopped 30 of 32 against the Oilers as the Ducks moved to within a point of the St. Louis Blues for top spot in the Western Conference.
Now, everyone expects Hiller will reassume the starting role no matter where the Ducks end up in the standings or who they face in the first round. Still, our guess is that Andersen has endeared himself to his teammates and the coaching staff in a way that if Hiller wobbles Boudreau won't hesitate to make a switch.
read on for Custance on the Kings, LeBrun on Patrice Bergeron and Strang on the Red Wings...