The Toronto Maple Leafs won their first back-end of a back-to-back on Saturday night. Having lost the first game, though, it was all more or less washed out in the grand scheme of things. On the second night of a home-and-home with Buffalo, the Leafs grabbed an overtime win, relying heavily on their goaltender to make some terrific saves.
Here are my five thoughts:
1) 5 Stars For Freddy
The Leafs won the shot battle on Saturday night, but lost in the realm of expected goals. Buffalo had a ton of chances from high danger areas and Frederik Andersen was up to the task. His cross-crease glove save on Connor Sheary was *quite* something, although, with puck sensors, that might have counted as a goal.
That’s a conversation for another day, because it was the save of the night.
On multiple occasions, the Leafs were scrambling in their own end and Andersen was called upon to make a difficult save. Not only that, but Andersen also did a great job killing plays when things seemed to be getting away from the Leafs, limiting his rebounds and getting whistles. This is the type of calming presence that a top-tier goaltender has on …
Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation