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:
When it was clear that John Gibson would be on the shelf for quite some time, it seemed like an opening for Andersen to cement his hold on the Ducks’ contested No. 1 spot.
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.