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Andersen survives practice scare, feeling ‘in control’ ahead of playoffs

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TSN Toronto reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on the Maple Leafs, who practised at MasterCard Centre on Friday before travelling to Montreal.

A William Nylander shot deflected off a defenceman’s stick catching Frederik Andersen in an awkward spot on his left arm during practice on Friday. Toronto’s No. 1 goalie went down immediately and appeared to be in a great deal of pain as his teammates stood silently around him.

"Worried, for sure," Nazem Kadri said of his reaction.

"There’s a little bit of fear going through you," admitted Mitch Marner.

After getting some attention from assistant athletic therapist Jon Geller, Andersen stayed on the ice.

"He was lights out the rest of practice," noted fellow goalie Michael Hutchinson, who was called up from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies on Friday, "so it's good to see."

Andersen insists he was never overly concerned.

"Not really," he said. "Just get the feeling back in my arm and just shake it off. I was originally thinking it was going to go somewhere else and it got tipped and hit a little bit of a sore spot."

Andersen still expects to start Saturday against the Canadiens in Montreal.

"It'd be nice to get another game in and not sit for a week," he noted.

After stopping 54 of 57 shots in his last two games, the goalie appears to be back in a groove after a rocky month of March.

"Felt good," he agreed. "Feel confident. Playing aggressive and in control at the same time so that’s right where you want to be."

"He's so calm in the net," observed Hutchinson, who played five games with the Leafs earlier this season when Andersen was dealing with a groin injury. “He has that kind of Carey Price calmness in the way he does drills and stuff. (Fellow goalie Joseph) Woll and myself were talking today, watching him and it’s just like, ‘Woah, he looks so calm in net,' and when you get in there you try and mimic it as much as possible."

Frederik Andersen went down hard in practice after taking a shot to his right arm, but met with the media afterwards and ensured everyone he was okay. With the playoffs less than a week away, the Leafs players express their relief that their top netminder feels fine and ready to go. Mark Masters has more.


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