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Frederik Andersen Survives A Shea Weber Slapshot Off The Mask

Frederik Andersen made his return to the Anaheim Ducks crease on Tuesday night in game three of their series against the Nashville Predators. John Gibson was initially named the starting goaltender for the series, but he dropped the first two games at home, which prompted the change. The trend of the home team losing continued, as Andersen slammed the door shut, leading the Ducks to a pivotal 3-0 win in Nashville.

Andersen also recently returned after missing seven games near the end of the season with a concussion.

Shea Weber tested his health by unleashing an absolute bomb of a slapshot eight minutes into the second period. The puck struck Andersen on the top of the head, causing him to keel over in obvious discomfort.

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Thankfully, Andersen shook it off and was able to continue in the game after been looked over by the team trainer.

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau summed it up perfectly in the post game press conference, when he was asked about the play:

Andersen’s teammate Chris Stewart was glad that his goaltender was not injured, but was even happier that it wasn’t him standing in the way of the shot:

With the NHL’s new league-wide concussion protocol, Andersen would have had to pass a series of tests given by the trainer. This is especially important due to the fact that he was recently diagnosed with a concussion within the last month.

After posting a shutout in the game, and being given a clean bill of health, look for Andersen to start game four and try to tie the series up!

Watch a video of the play below:

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer, broadcaster, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario as the voice of the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks for CISL 650. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade. He is currently an instructor for Pro4 Sports, and is the goaltending consultant for the BCHL's Surrey Eagles.

1 Comment

  1. Tyrannicide

    Unfortunately, as is the case with modern goaltending, Andersen dropped to his knees. On a shot from the point, with no one in front of him. If he had stayed on his feet he would have taken it right in the crest, a lot less painful spot.

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