Blood was still dripping from just above the left eye of Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen moments after the Maple Leafs' 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Andersen stopped 29 of 31 shots, bouncing back from the worst start of his NHL career two nights earlier, a seven-goal shelling at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 27-year-old looked calm and composed in the crease versus Florida, coming up big in perhaps the Leafs' worst defensive showing of the young season.
While Brian Elliott has newfound confidence in net for the Calgary Flames, the Ottawa Senators will be without their starting goaltender for the foreseeable future. After backstopping the Flames (3-4-1) to back-to-back road wins over the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues on Monday and Tuesday, Elliott will attempt to keep his momentum going against the Senators (4-2-0) at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday. Elliott, who the Flames acquired from the Blues on June 24 in exchange for a second-round draft pick (35th overall) in 2018 and a conditional third-rounder, started his tenure with the Flames with three straight losses before bouncing back to stop 54 of 57 shots he faced during Calgary's two wins earlier this week.
The Anaheim Ducks signed holdout Hampus Lindholm to a six-year, $31.5 million contract through the 2021-22 season on Thursday, ending a stalemate with their talented Swedish defenseman. The 22-year-old Lindholm scored 92 points in 236 games over the past three seasons, developing into one of the NHL's top young blueliners with a fluid two-way game. ''I'm really happy to be back in Anaheim,'' Lindholm said in a phone interview from Sweden.