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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Frederik Andersen’s Game 7 struggles continue with incredibly soft early goal

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen has struggled mightily in Game 7’s during his NHL career, and that theme continued early in his team’s winner-take-all matchup against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

The Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead 14:29 into the first period when Andersen allowed a brutally soft goal to fourth-line center Joakim Nordstrom. On what should have been a routine save for an NHL goalie, Andersen failed to close out the near post on a bad angle shot.

Maple Leafs fans probably were not surprised. In three career starts in Game 7’s, Anderson is 0-3 and has a 4.51 goals against average. His save percentage is just .840.

The Bruins took a 2-0 lead shortly after on a goal from Marcus Johansson, though that one came on a beautifully placed shot. In fairness to Andersen, both goals came off bad turnovers from the Leafs.

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