When you're a star goalie who just broke a franchise record for the most wins in a single season, this is the last thing you need. On Saturday night, Toronto Maple Leafs veteran goaltender Frederik Andersen had a terrible start against the Boston Bruins, and it couldn't have come at a worse time for his team.
Freddy allowed three goals in under 13 minutes of play, and it only took a grand total of 5 shots from the Bruins in order to chase him from the net. The 28-year-old netminder ends the night with 3 goals allowed and 2 saves for an abysmal save percentage of .400. Leafs' head coach Mike Babcock was absolutely livid, and decided that enough was enough:
"Out goes Andersen, in comes McElhinney for Toronto. Change more geared towards waking up rest of team"
Talented forward David Pastrnak opened the scoring with a beautiful play in front of the net. Take a look at the sequence:
Just over four minutes later, Jake DeBrusk scored his first goal of the playoffs after he deflected a pass from Torey Krug, who recorded his second assist tonight. Boston's third goal was credited to Kevan Miller:
"When Kevan Miller is in the corner wheeling and dealing in the offensive end & scoring on a puck thrown at net deflected at Nikita Zaitsev, that's a big time defensive problem. Bruins working with all kinds of space in the attack. 3-0 Bruins and Frederik Andersen pulled in Game 2"
But you know what's worse? Curtis McElhinney gave up a goal on the first shot he received... Just 11 seconds into the power play, Rick Nash makes it 4-0 with a great backhander. This is a pure disaster, and this is possibly the worst scenario for a backup goaltender.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were really hoping to have a solid start, considering they suffered a 5-0 loss against Boston in Game One. As The Athletic's James Mirtle noted, this clearly did NOT happen:
"Wayyyyyy worse start for Leafs."
It is fair to believe this is going to be a tough one for Toronto. But don't lose hope, Leafs fans. There's still 40 minutes left to this game...