Andersen will not participate in the 2017 IIHF World Championship with Denmark, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports. Andersen's decision will almost certainly sink Denmark's chances of making it past the preliminary round of the tournament, as it's now left with just one NHL player in Nikolaj Ehlers of Winnipeg. This past year, the netminder played in 60-plus regular-season contests for the first time in his career -- posting a 33-16-14 record -- so it should come as no surprise that he's looking forward to some time off. After joining the team during the offseason, the 27-year-old has firmly cemented himself as the No. 1 in Toronto and should factor heavily into its chances of making a deeper run into the playoffs in 2018.
Andersen stopped 34 of 36 shots in Sunday's season-ending Game 6 loss to Washington. Andersen turned in an impressive showing, but unfortunately Marcus Johansson was able to jump on a rebound in overtime and eliminate the Leafs. Andersen didn't have an amazing playoff, but he turned in a few really impressive performances and showcased his capabilities moving forward. With the effort he gave in a must-win situation Sunday, the Leafs have to feel very confident having him as their starter moving forward.
Andersen will patrol the crease for Sunday's Game 6 against the Capitals, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports. Andersen stopped 26 of the 28 shots flung his way, but a lack of offensive support resulted in a Game 5 loss -- following one in Game 4 -- and a 2-1 series advantage has turned into to a 3-2 deficit. He will look to force a Game 7 back in Washington.
Andersen turned aside 26 of 28 shots from the Capitals on Friday, ultimately taking an overtime loss for Game 5. This was one of Freddie's better performances of the series considering he had save percentages below .900 in Games 4 and 5, but the lack of offensive support did him in. Down 3-2 in the conference quarterfinal series, Andersen and the youthful Leafs find themselves in a must-win situation come Sunday evening.
Andersen will be between the pipes for Friday's matchup with the Capitals, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports. Andersen has been shaky in the opening round of the playoffs -- posting a 3.05 GAA and .815 save percentage -- but he's done enough to keep these outings competitive as three of the four previous games had gone to overtime. With the series tied at two games apiece, the netminder will need to make key saves that will give his talented rookie teammates a chance to win.
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