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.
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:
“Ouch. Those things hurt.” Boudreau on Shea Weber’s off Andersen’s head
— Justin Bradford (@justinbbradford) April 20, 2016
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:
Chris Stewart on Weber shot that hit Andersen in the mask: ‘I was happy I wasn’t Freddie.’
— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) April 20, 2016
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: