Andersen speaks truth
doesn’t raise his voice, even when it’s okay 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-andgun Leafs hitting a wall. “We ran into a hot goalie
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 is hoping that and William 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.”
WENDEL GIVES THANKS
At last week’s Legends Row statue ceremony outside the Air Canada Centre, a tearful took time out to thank two people he considered essential to his success in Toronto — agent and trainer
Watching mullet-era video of his early days with the Leafs, Clark said it was Meehan who taught a Saskatchewan farm boy about big city life while shepherding him through his early contracts. Yet Meehan didn’t try and change Clark’s home spun persona. The tribute the team paid to Clark included the story of owner
giving every Leaf a ticket to fly anywhere in the world at the end of the season.
Clark chose to fly back to the family grain farm in Kelvington because it was planting time.
It was Broadhurst who brought Leaf medical practices into modern times and whom Clark credited for treating his wonky back and other ailments so he could play with as much effectiveness as possible, while scoring and scrapping. Broadhurst, who still runs an athletic therapy clinic in Toronto, worked for the Leafs in the ‘80s and ‘90s and also kept many other injured players in the lineup.
Toronto’s 16 goals against through four games are their most since 2009-10 under coach Ron Wilson (17) ... Matthews’ goal on Wednesday was his 75th point in 86 games. Charting some other Leaf forwards who reached at or near 75, there’s with 75 in 120 games, with 75 in 219, with 74 in 197, with 73 (192),
73 (137) and
(76 in 217) ... Andersen has now played 70 games, passing
for 30th place in team history. Next up is at 71 ... Never mind 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 has appeared in four games for the Penguins ... There is a possibility defenceman is ready to join the Ottawa Senators from tendon surgery next weekend — in time to face the Leafs in a home game.
TEAM STATISTICS Leafs scoring through Thursday
Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen says talent only goes so far. The team has to play hard and smart too.