An­der­sen not pulling punches af­ter loss

The Expositor (Brantford) - - SPORTS - LANCE HORNBY

Fred­erik An­der­sen doesn’t raise his voice, even when it’s OK to be an­gry and is care­ful to back­track and find the proper English trans­la­tion when em­ploy­ing the sim­plest of hockey eu­phemisms.

But the Dan­ish goal­tender went straight to the point Wed­nes­day night, when asked about watch­ing his team get pressed into so many mis­takes against the Devils.

“To­day showed that tal­ent doesn’t al­ways make up for the mis­takes,” he said of the 6-3 de­feat, with the run-and-gun Leafs hit­ting a wall. “We ran into a hot goalie (Cory Sch­nei­der). You have to cre­ate your own bounces. We have to work harder at ex­e­cut­ing and then stuff will start bounc­ing our way.”

An­der­sen had lots of of­fen­sive sup­port in his pre­vi­ous stop in Ana­heim, but it was part of a wellestab­lished sys­tem that be­gan with be­ing re­spon­si­ble with­out the puck. Which is what coach Mike Bab­cock is hop­ing that Aus­ton Matthews, Mitch Marner and Wil­liam Ny­lan­der will de­velop as they go through their NHL ca­reers.

“I think we know we’re go­ing to get op­por­tu­ni­ties up front,” An­der­sen said. “We have to learn to trust that. It comes with play­ing dis­ci­plined and hav­ing pa­tience in our zone. The of­fence will come.”

Toronto’s16­goal­sagain­st­through four games are their most since 2009-10 un­der coach Ron Wil­son (17) ... Aus­ton Matthews’ goal on Wed­nes­day was his 75th point in 86 games. Chart­ing some other Leaf for­wards who reached at or near 75, there’s Nik­las Hag­man with 75 in 120 games, Chad Kil­ger with 75 in 219, Shayne Cor­son with 74 in 197, De­nis Du­pere with 73 (192), Pete Lan­gelle 73 (137) and Fred­erik Modin (76 in 217) ... An­der­sen has now played 70 games, pass­ing Jiri Crha for 30th place in team his­tory. Next up is Gord McRae at 71 ... Never mind Carey Price and his good num­bers against the Leafs, Sch­nei­der now has a record of 7-1-3 with a .927 save per­cent­age against Toronto in 11 starts ... For­mer Toronto de­fence­man and al­ter­nate cap­tain Matt Hun­wick has ap­peared in four games for the Pen­guins ... There is a pos­si­bil­ity de­fence­man Erik Karls­son is ready to join the Ottawa Sen­a­tors from ten­don surgery next week­end — in time to face the Leafs in a home game.

STAN BEHAL/TORONTO SUN TORONTO SUN

Usu­ally care­ful when speak­ing to re­porters, Leafs’ goalie Fred­erik An­der­sen didn’t beat around the bush fol­low­ing Toronto’s 6-3 loss on Wed­nes­day.

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