Carolina Hurricanes starting goaltender Frederik Andersen confirmed Wednesday he suffered an MCL tear in mid-April and was very close to being able to return to action before the team suffered a 6-2 loss against the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their second-round series on Monday.
Andersen, who exited late in a game against the Colorado Avalanche on April 16 with the injury, was speaking to reporters as the Hurricanes cleaned out the lockers in the aftermath of their season-ending loss.
Without Andersen, Antti Raanta stepped up to be the Hurricanes' No. 1 goalie in the playoffs. But in Game 7 against the Rangers, Raanta suffered a lower-body injury with his team trailing 2-0 in the second period.
The Hurricanes then had to turn to No. 3 Pyotr Kochetkov, who gave up three goals on 12 shots.