Frederik Andersen is a machine. The 29-year old Toronto Maple Leafs net minder was, without a doubt, the MVP in last night’s Game 5 victory over the Boston Bruins.
In a game that saw under 60 shots on net from both squads combined, Andersen allowed only one goal that put an asterisk on his previous 59 minutes and 16 seconds of dominant play (David Krejci scored 19:16 into the third, I think my math is right). The Danish goaltender left Leafs fans praising the hockey gods that put him in our crease.
2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Most Saves
|Mike Smith – CGY||188 saves|
|Frederik Andersen – TOR||161 saves|
|Jordan Binnington – STL||139 saves|
|Marc-Andre Fleury – VGK||139 saves|
|Connor Hellebuyck – WPG||135 saves|
Andersen will pass Mike Smith on Sunday for most saves in the playoffs, thanks to a Calgary Flames elimination at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche last night. Unless Toronto’s defence can hold Boston to zero shots on net. That’d not only be awesome, but impossible.
Patient style won Leafs Game 5
It seemed as though the Toronto Maple Leafs were imposing a patient style of gameplay last night. Game 5 was kept at a stalemate until Auston Matthews opened the scoring 11 minutes into the third period. Through two periods, there had been a shocking lack of shots on goal. Here’s why it was worth it.
Fans witnessed a defence-dominated game for the Leafs. That isn’t to say their defence was perfect. however, Toronto managed to clog up the neutral and defensive zone, sometimes only breaking out if an opportunity came their way. The style favoured the Leafs, thanks to the elite puck moving ability from their top two lines, and consistent defensive-end battles won by their fourth line.
ONE MORE WIN
NEXT GAME: Game 6 Sunday @ 3 p.m. ET