Second in the playoffs with a .939 save percentage coming into Wednesday night, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen has undoubtedly been one of the top netminders thus far across the league in the post-season.
And to this point, Don Cherry not only thinks the 29-year-old has been good so far, he believes he’s been the best – literally.
“I say Andersen is the best goaltender in the world right now,” Cherry proclaimed Wednesday night on his Coach’s Corner segment during the first intermission in Game 4 of the Leafs’ first-round playoff series with the Boston Bruins.
To exemplify his point, Cherry pointed to a clip from midway in the third period of Wednesday’s contest that saw Bruins forward Charlie Coyle walk into the slot only to get stone-walled by an aggressive Andersen with his glove to prevent Toronto from going down 3-0.
“I say it right now and look at the shots and look at the score, 2-0, watch as he makes the save there lest it’s 3-0 and the game is over.”
Andersen’s performance has been a major factor in why Toronto’s been able to take a 2-1 series lead against Boston, this much is undeniable. The best goalie in the world right now, though? That’s probably still up for debate.