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Leafs G Andersen's confidence not shaken after uneven start

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Frederik Andersen has posted an .876 save percentage through four games this season, but the soft-spoken Dane insists his confidence has not been shaken.

"I'd say I spend less time thinking about it than you guys have," he said with a grin. "I think that's all you guys want to talk about, but, yeah, you just got to keep going."

Andersen allowed seven goals on 28 shots before being pulled in the third period Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was only the second time in 369 NHL games (regular season and playoffs) that Andersen has been torched for seven goals. He's not dwelling on it.

"You can't save a goal (after) you let it in on Thursday," Andersen said, "you can't save it in practice the next day, but you prepare for the following game instead of looking back."

Andersen struggled in his first two Octobers as the Leafs starter, but appeared to put that storyline to bed with a .919 save percentage in the opening month last year. However, those previous October issues are clearly on the mind of Mike Babcock.

"He hasn't been known for the start of the year," the Leafs coach said. "The way I look at it, we're all in it together so we got to pick each other up. So, we have to be sound defensively and over a period of time he usually gets himself dialed in and ready to go and feeling better. I don't know why the pattern's like it is, it is and so let's battle."

Babcock pointed out yesterday that his team has improved in a number of defensive categories so far this season.

Frederik Andersen admits that Thursday's game against the Lightning wasn't their best, but he's already put it behind him........