Last night in Tampa, the Toronto Maple Leafs chalked up their first win of the season that No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen didn’t start.
It was 22-year-old Antoine Bibeau who got the nod, and eventually the W, stopping 25 shots in a 3-2 overtime triumph.
“We had got one point out of a backup until tonight so, you know, if you look at it there’s 20 games he’s got to play and you’ve got to get some points,” said head coach Mike Babcock. “That being said, good job. He’s a kid, he was a bit deep at times and things like that, but he did a good job.”
It was actually Bibeau’s second start of the season. He stopped 26 of 28 shots on Dec. 11 against Colorado, but that was the game Semyon Varlamov made 51 saves and the Leafs lost, 3-1.
Bibeau could get his next start fairly soon. The Leafs play back-to-back on Jan. 6 and 7, in New Jersey Friday and home to Montreal Saturday. The Devils assignment will probably be his, with Andersen — who’s bounced back in a big way after a tough start with his new team — getting the Hockey Night in Canada game against Carey Price and the Habs.