Maple Leafs’ Andersen suffers upper-body injury vs. Panthers

Sheldon Keefe gives the media an update on the status of Frederik Andersen after the Maple Leafs lost to the Panthers.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen underwent concussion testing but is “feeling better” after a nasty collision during the team’s 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday.

Andersen was replaced by backup Michael Hutchinson to start the second period after a run-in with Panthers centre Frank Vatrano near the end of the first period. The 30-year-old was able to finish the first frame following the incident, but was later ruled out with an upper-body injury.

Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe sounded optimistic when asked by reporters about his starting goalie’s health after the game.

“I guess he’s feeling better. That’s what I’m told. They’re just going to have to give him the night and see how he is in the morning,” said Keefe.

“My understanding is the results (from the concussion tests) were positive on that. Given the nature of the injury, we wanted to take caution and give it time. We’ll give it tonight and see how he is in the morning,” he added.

Keefe said he was unsure if Andersen would travel with the Leafs for their game against the Rangers on Wednesday, but he hasn’t been ruled out for Tuesday’s practice.

Andersen has been solid in his two starts since the all-star break, posting a .933 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average in a pair of Maple Leafs victories.


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