Andersen stays Maple Leaf hot

Michael Finewax
Daniel E. Dobish takes a look back at a feisty day on the NHL playoff ice, including Toronto's huge road win in Boston

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Daniel E. Dobish takes a look back at a feisty day on the NHL playoff ice, including Toronto's huge road win in Boston

Some news and notes from around the NHL.

Ben Bishop is day-to-day with a back injury and therefore Kari Lehtonen will get the start in net for Dallas on Thursday.

Jonathan Drouin has been out with a lower body injury but he also has the flu bug and may not play Thursday.

Justin Schultz is out with a lower-body injury.


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TORONTO 2 CALGARY 1 (Shootout)

Frederik Andersen is no Reggie Jackson and that may be a good thing in hockey. Jackson was known as Mr. October in baseball as he starred in the post-season but Andersen has been creaky at best in the first month of the season for the Maple Leafs both this year and last.

But November and on have been a different story for the Danish netminder and that was certainly on display Wednesday as Andersen stopped 47 shots and stole one for the Maple Leafs as the beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 in a shootout.

On most other nights, everyone would be talking about how well Mike Smith played in the Calgary cage as he stopped 28 shots but he took the shootout loss as he is now 12-9-2 with a 2.71 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Auston Matthews and William Nylander with the winner in the fourth round, scored in the shootout for the Maple Leafs.

The Flames were all over the Maple Leafs in this one and they opened the scoring in the first period on the power play as Mark Giordano scored his fourth of the season to give him 10 points in 28 games. He is not the scorer he was even a few years ago as he had 56 points in 82 games in the 2015-16 season and 48 in 61 games as well as 47 points in 64 games the previous two seasons.

The score was tied at 1 late in the second period as Morgan Rielly scored his fourth of the season on an unassisted effort. He has two points in his last two games after going seven games in a row with nary a point. He is up to 19 points in 29 games.

But it was Andersen who made save-after-save for the Maple Leafs. He boosted his record to 16-8-1 this season with a 2.66 GAA and a .922 save percentage. Since November 6, Andersen is 9-2-1 with a 1.80 GAA and a .949 save percentage. That’s spectacular!

The Flames got 21 shots on goal from their defensemen with Giordano leading the way with six. Nazem Kadri led all shooters with seven shots on goal.

Jaromir Jagr was unable to go with a lower-body injury, robbing Maple Leaf fans of perhaps the last time they will be able to see him play in Toronto.


Alex Ovechkin had a goal and three assists while Nicklas Backstrom scored for the first time in 22 games as the Capitals were all over Chicago to the tune of 6-2.

But the big game of the night came from the stick of Tom Wilson who played on a line with Ovechkin and Backstrom. The tough winger had a pair of goals, a pair of assists and a pair of minors in the win. Wilson has four goals and 13 points this season as well as 68 penalty minutes in 25 games as he has been a huge asset in fantasy leagues that use the penalty minute category. Playing on the top line doesn’t hurt either.

Brett Connolly on the power play and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Capitals while Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews replied for Chicago.

Anton Forsberg started for the Blackhawks but gave up three goals on 10 shots just 15:22 into the first period and was replaced by Jean-Francois Berube who gave up a pair of goals on 14 shots the remainder of the way.

Braden Holtby was by far the busier of the two netminders as he turned aside 37 shots for the win as he is 15-6-0 with a 2.60 GAA and a .921 save percentage. His save percentage is close enough to what it has been the previous three seasons but his GAA has jumped by close to a half-a-goal a game. He needs to get that down.

Matt Niskanen had an assist and was plus-four on the night. Duncan Keith had seven shots on goal but was a minus-four.


The Flyers love the province of Alberta! After being on a ten-game winless streak, the Flyers have won two in a row in Alberta as they defeated the Oilers 4-2 Wednesday after knocking off the Calgary Flames on Monday 5-2.

It was a night of the lesser known skaters who led the Flyers to the win as Jordan Weal and Dale Weise each scored their third of the season while Michael Raffl scored his fourth.

After a scoreless first period, Leon Draisaitl scored shorthanded to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead but Weal on the power play and Weise gave Philly a 2-1 lead heading into the third.

Raffl made it 3-1, 4:06 into the third but Ryan Nugent–Hopkins with his 11th of the season (tying him for the team lead with Connor McDavid) brought the Oilers to within one goal before Wayne Simmonds iced it with an empty net goal with 39 seconds left in the game.

Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots and won his second in a row as he is 8-6-6 for the Flyers.

Laurent Brossoit made 29 saves and is 1-5-1 this season.

Ivan Provorov continues to be a rock on the Flyers blueline as he had an assist to go with a plus-two rating. He led both teams in TOI as he played 28:08.

Claude Giroux had a pair of assists while Jakub Voracek and Simmonds each had eight shots on goal.


Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the season and 38th of his NHL career as the Ducks topped the struggling Ottawa Senators 3-0.

Miller has yet to lose in regulation this season as he is 3-0-4 with a 1.73 GAA and a .945 save percentage.

Adam Henrique scored twice as he opened the scoring with his first goal as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. He had assists in three straight games and now has a four game points streak for the Ducks with two goals and three helpers.

The Ducks made it 2-0 as Ondrej Kase popped his sixth of the season as both goals were scored in the second stanza before Henrique iced the game with an empty net goal with 1:35 left in the contest.

Craig Anderson stopped 19 shots in taking the loss as he ran his record to 7-9-3.

Hampus Lindholm missed his second straight game with an upper body injury.

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