How does this end?
With a noise, did not bang?
Is there not the slightest hint of controversy?
“Fred-tie!” Without even a fan to chant that?
With the name “Ritchie” – a coletterer undressed on Wednesday night – Toronto trending on Twitter, for good?
While we & # 39; re certainly not ready to announce the era of Frederick Anderson’s maple leaf before the fall of the buck in the post – season – playoff runs can undo the better goalie plans faster than you say “Jack Ottinger” – there is no doubt that the first leaf series in five years will no longer be Anderson’s appearance.
Making his first NHL appearance in 60 days, the 31-year-old rehab pitch is the most meaningful story in an otherwise meaningless game.
Anderson and the organization have put a lot of effort into setting him up as best he can for success when he calls.
First, G.M. Kyle Dubas first used the AHL conditioning stint with Marley. He extended the pay cap to its limits (and sacrificed sports representatives for skaters Rasmus Sandin, Zach Hyman and Riley Nash) to make room for the start of the last regular season NHL for Anderson, the anchor who has worked hardest in the city for half a decade.
Anderson conceded four goals in 28 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators, who thwarted the Presidents Trophy attempt at the Leafs and deserved the full score to exit their season at high season.
“He got through the game. He moved well. I would say this is unique,” said coach Sheldon Keefe. “Getting him in 60 minutes and feeling good is all about the game. Of all the accounts, it seems that it was. ”
Anderson ends his crucial UFA contract season 2020-21 with a 13-8-3 record, against a 2.96 goal-average, and .895 savings percentage. All of these numbers are industry bad.
Anderson’s knee strength and Goldender’s confidence are not yet on the run – two intertwined goals from the break in mid – March.
If he reappears in a maple leaf web, it will be under the bright lights of the compressed playoff series. For the first time in Anderson’s tenure, it will be a huge favorite when Toronto opens its series against Montreal at home next week. Once in place, the defense parked in front of the folds of the leaves will feature in the league’s best spots.
However, this only appears to be a significant stumbling block from Jack Campbell – who topped the charts with a 17-2-2 record and a bright .923 savings percentage – paving the way for the Anderson redemption story.
“He’s got so much work to do. We’ve seen it every day, to prepare himself, to go back to the web as openly as possible and get the feeling for it,” said a close friend, Aston Mathews.
“I thought he played well tonight. Sometimes, we just didn’t give him enough. We didn’t really give him, on those two, it’s totally up to us. I thought he’s handsome. He looked confident. I think so. ”
Former leaves Nikita Zaitsev (a screened point blast) and Connor Brown (hard-working shorthand strike, her NHL-top fifth) settled Anderson with unforgivable goals. But rookie call-up Parker Kelly, who made his NHL debut, beat him at a difficult angle, and Josh Norris turned the knife in the OT for nine seconds.
Anderson raised the goals of “some weird plays and some unfortunate bounce.”
“It simply came to our notice then. Maybe I can do some things differently [and] They will be stored, but overall felt good, ”Anderson said. “I felt like I was moving well. I felt confident in making some plays. Stay calm on the web.”
Strictly speaking, the leaves in front of Anderson were playing cautiously. Probably too quiet.
“There is no life, no energy,” Jack Musin said.
Sure, the mind can’t help but wander to Game 1. Self-defense is natural.
“That’s the biggest mental barrier right now,” Keefe said. “Friends like to play well; They want to win the game. But our comrades know what is in the corner here, and no one wants to go into it. So, you are a little ashamed of everything you do and you are not mentally involved in it. But this is the 56-game season, we are only under 55.
“We don’t [cap] Flexibility to make major changes and make multiple people sit up. We need to mentally find a way to stay in it to ensure that our security is not compromised. When bad things happen, things like injuries. ”
Yes, Keefe should only look at his goldsmith.
In his five regular seasons in Toronto, Anderson started 267 games, faced 8,466 shots, made 7,740 saves, and stood in those folds for 12,625 minutes. Only Connor Hellebok in Winnipeg saw much work during that period.
So, no, Anderson’s leaves days do not end like this. If anything, they end up working too hard – even if it’s behind the scenes.
“Continue to practice as I was,” Anderson said of his next step.
“I look forward to this trip with this team. It’s fun to be around this team every day and fight with guys. Everyone can contribute by doing what they can. That’s what I’m going to continue to do. ”