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Leafs need Andersen to find his game

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TSN Toronto reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on the Maple Leafs. The team (optional) and Flyers (optional) skated at Scotiabank Arena ahead of tonight's game.

One of the most surprising developments for the Leafs during this rocky week has been the play of Frederik Andersen, who has been the backbone of the team all season, but suddenly looks off his game. The 29-year-old Dane allowed eight goals on 33 shots while getting pulled from consecutive starts for the first time in his NHL career.

“Freddie’s a big boy,” said head coach Mike Babcock. “One of the reasons you go to see him in the off-season is you talk about the maturation of a goalie and a starter and how mentally tough you got to be to get to where we want to go.”

Babcock didn’t necessarily plan to meet with Andersen Thursday, but the pair did get a chance to assess things anyway.

“We had a little Danish thing with our meal so he happened to be talking to me about it,” Babcock revealed. “And we talked about it. It was just one of those things that, he’s been around a long time and I think for all of us getting a good slapping once in a while is a good thing. You just adjust and you get back at it.”

On Monday night, Andersen insisted he “felt pretty good, actually” about his game and Babcock acknowledged part of the reason for the pull against Tampa........