That’s certainly a relief for the Ducks as they’ve leaned on the 25-year-old goalie more than just about anyone expected after coming into 2014-15 expecting a timeshare between Andersen and John Gibson.
Andersen is tied with Carey Price for second in the NHL for wins with 29 this season as he helps the Ducks continue their strong success in regular season play.
Here’s video of the moment that left the Ducks worried:
Considering how much Ilya Bryzgalov has struggled, Anaheim really dodged a bullet here (assuming there isn’t a setback).
One almost gets the sense that Bruce Boudreau needed a longer holiday break from the media. Either that, or he’s just really tired of not knowing when his star Corey Perry will return from a knee injury.
“We’ve been talking about realistic for him coming back for two-and-a-half weeks … I don’t even know anymore,” Boudreau said. “There’s no set timeline. He’ll be back at least for April 1st. I’m giving him a little bit of leeway.”
Frederik Andersen made it through about half of the Anaheim Ducks’ thrilling win against Los Angeles before getting pulled, but head coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t flinch about giving the young goalie a chance to redeem himself.
Boudreau told the OC Register that Andersen has his confidence, and almost as importantly, will get the start against Los Angeles on Saturday.
“I have all the faith in the world in Freddie,” Boudreau said. “Sometimes stuff happens. If it’s a forward, you’d never notice it. But as a goalie, you notice it.”
Andersen, 25, made it through about half of Wednesday’s eventual win against the Kings before getting the hook in favor of veteran backup Jason LaBarbera. Andersen remarked that the last goal he allowed was like something he hasn’t yielded since his teenage years:
Instead, he hasn’t won a game since returning from his own injury issues on Nov. 7, although it’s fair to say that his abbreviated start against Los Angeles was really his only truly bad outing in November. While it’s partially out of necessity, it’s probably wise of Boudreau to give Andersen a chance to put that tough night behind him, especially against the same team that chased him.
Boudreau has every reason to throw his support behind Andersen … at least until Gibson’s healthy again.