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An­der­sen speaks truth

Toronto Sun - - SPORTS - Fred­erik An­der­sen Sch­nei­der). (Cory Mike Bab­cock Aus­ton Matthews, Mitch Marner Ny­lan­der Wen­del Clark Chris Harold Bal­lard Crha Nik­las Hag­man Chad Kil­ger Shayne Cor­son De­nis Du­pere Pete Lan­gelle Fred­erik Modin Gord McRae Carey Price Matt Hun­wick Jiri Eri

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.

LOOSE LEAFS

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

MICHAEL PEAKE/TORONTO SUN

Maple Leafs goal­tender Fred­erik An­der­sen says tal­ent only goes so far. The team has to play hard and smart too.

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